Man grabbed purse from 85-year-old woman in parking lot

A purse snatch suspect got away but he was forced to drop a stolen purse after a daylight strong-armed robbery in the Albertson's parking lot on Monday.

Taft Police said the suspect grabbed the purse from an 85-year-old woman who was loading groceries into her car about 2:30 p.m.

The victim yelled as her purse was snatched from her hand, and several good samaritans began chasing the suspect.

As he fled, another man noticed him and started following.

The suspect then dropped the purse and left the area.

It was returned to the victim with no loss.
The victim was not injured.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic or white male standing about 5-6 weighing 130 lbs. dark hair, possibly unshaven and possibly missing some teeth.

He was wearing a gray t-shirt with dark pants.

Anyone with information should call Taft Police at 763-3101.