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A woman reported her purse taken in downtown Roanoke. Later, a 17-year-old was arrested after police spotted a car reported stolen from Roanoke in Northern Virginia.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Roanoke police have charged a 17-year-old boy in a robbery that occurred downtown on Tuesday afternoon.
Police spokeswoman Aisha Johnson said officers responded Tuesday at 1:41 p.m. to the intersection of First Street and Day Avenue, where a 62-year-old Roanoke woman told officers that her purse had been taken. The woman told police that a vehicle had approached her and the driver got out and grabbed her purse. The woman said she fell down during the robbery, as the driver returned to the car and fled.
The victim’s injuries were treated at a local hospital.
According to Johnson, the 17-year-old was arrested later Tuesday afternoon in Fairfax County after Virginia State Police spotted a Chrysler Cirrus that had been reported stolen from Roanoke.
A news release from state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said a trooper noticed the car at 5:53 p.m. Tuesday in the town of Vienna.
The release said the suspect sped away when a trooper attempted to stop the car. The Cirrus eventually crashed into a parked car. The 17-year-old fled on foot, hiding in the bushes a short distance away.
After bringing in K-9 teams to track him, police apprehended the suspect without incident about 6:30 p.m. and took him to Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center, the release said.
Police are not naming him because of his age.
Johnson said evidence obtained from the vehicle allowed Roanoke police to charge the 17-year-old with robbery. State police also charged him with possession of a stolen vehicle and eluding police, according to Geller’s release.
The 17-year-old, who the release identified as a Washington resident, moved to Roanoke in December 2012 to live in a facility providing treatment for troubled adolescent males, Johnson said.
She said police are investigating whether the suspect could be involved in other unsolved crimes.
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