Elderly woman in wheelchair foils purse snatcher - East Valley Tribune: News

Elderly woman in wheelchair foils purse snatcher

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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:30 am | Updated: 9:38 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A 74-year-old woman in a wheelchair fought off a would-be purse snatcher Tuesday at a Ross Dress for Less parking lot in Mesa, police said.

The attempted robbery happened at 3 p.m. at the clothing store on 1110 W. Southern Ave.

"The victim held on to the purse and the strap broke,” Mesa police spokesman Steve Berry said. “When the strap broke, the suspect ran away, and the woman kept the purse."

Berry said the victim received minor injuries. He said Ryan Mitchell Pino, 22, fled on foot and was later arrested at his home on suspicion of attempted robbery.

"A witness recognized the man and later that evening officers were able to track him down to his home and arrest him," Berry said.

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