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Posted on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 3:45 p.m.

Man arraigned on charges in purse snatching near Ann Arbor city hall

By John Counts

A 24-year-old Clawson man was arraigned on two charges in a purse snatching that occurred Thursday morning near Ann Arbor's city hall and police department.


Kyle Phillips

Courtesy of the WCSO

Kyle Phillips was charged with unarmed robbery and larceny from a person at a video arraignment Friday afternoon in the Washtenaw County Jail. Phillips was set to be released from the jail after receiving a $10,000 personal recognizance bond from Magistrate Thomas Truesdell.

Truesdell appointed an attorney for Phillips and also sent him to check in with community corrections.

"There are some allegations you have a substance abuse problem," Truesdell said.

"I absolutely do, sir," Phillips said.

Phillips told the magistrate he had never been convicted of a felony.

A preliminary examination was scheduled for Jan. 24.

Police say the man forcibly took a purse from an Ann Arbor city employee in the 300 block of East Huron Street as she was walking to the Municipal Center around 7:30 a.m. Thursday. The suspect then fled north on Division Street with the purse.

Phillips was arrested about a half hour after the employee went into the police station and gave officers a description of the suspect. A subsequent investigation resulted in the recovery of the woman's stolen property from four locations, police said.

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Sat, Jan 19, 2013 : 10:49 p.m.

No sense in making the police have to travel too far. It would be great if all crime was within a block of the courthouse and police station. Wouldn't need as many speed traps or police cars.

Nicholas Urfe

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 10:46 p.m.

I would use the Monolith defense. Specifically, that the monolith made me do it, just like in the organgutan in the movie 2001.

Silly Sally

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 2:30 p.m.

Make him turn in his supplier for a reduced sentence, 4 years instead of 5

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 : 1:06 a.m.

re @djm where should us "modestly endowed women"coceal there valubles?

Basic Bob

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 9:12 p.m.

Which supplier - the liquor store or the pharmacist?


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 3:40 p.m.

And a good reason to be always aware of your surroundings and the behavior of those around you... I carry my ID, credit cards and cash in my front pant pocket or bra if no pockets...they can have my purse [although I will fight back if someone tries to grab my botega veneta] along with my make up bag, hair brush and other non-essentials...not that the make-up isn't essential...I just have more at home.

Silly Sally

Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 2:32 p.m.

A good reason for women not to carry a concealed weapon in our purses


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 11:42 a.m.

P.R. bond to do it was hurt, "this time."


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 4:59 a.m.

Released from jail?


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 2:30 a.m.

That is my new favorite quote...."I absolutely do, sir"


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 2:01 a.m.

Dumb move of the week!


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 11:32 p.m.

Substance abuse isn't an excuse, people need to pay for their crimes. Don't let him off easy


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 11:04 p.m.

Clawson? Somebody from OUT OF TOWN arrives here to snatch our purses?!? What else could he have been up to?


Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 3:52 a.m.



Sat, Jan 12, 2013 : 2:29 a.m.

Hanging around campus...breaking into apartments...stealing laptops to sell for cash for crack...buying drugs around campus and Ypsi...visiting friends who live here who are doing the same...stalking a high school girlfriend who now lives here... Really? Who knows...but I bet Ypsi is involved in this in one way or another...