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Posted on Thu, Jan 10, 2013 : 5:21 p.m.

Police nab suspect accused of snatching woman's purse in front of Ann Arbor's city hall

By John Counts

Police said they've caught a man suspected in an early morning purse-snatching that occurred Thursday on East Huron Street right in front of the Municipal Center which houses the Ann Arbor Police Department, as well as city hall and the 15th District Court.

A 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 building around 7:30 a.m. Thursday, said Ann Arbor police Lt. Bob Pfannes.

The suspect fled north on Division Street with the purse. The city employee was not injured in the strong-arm robbery.

The employee went into the police station and gave officers a description of the suspect. About a half hour later, detectives on their way to court observed a man fitting the description a few blocks away from where the incident took place, police said.

The man was questioned and eventually taken into custody. A subsequent investigation resulted in the recovery of the woman's stolen property from four locations, Pfannes said.

The suspect is being held at the Washtenaw County Jail pending authorization of robbery charges.

Information about his age and city of residence was not immediately available.

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Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 7:41 p.m.

Nice police work, anyway.


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 11:39 a.m.

I'm just glad the victim wasn't injured. Could have been much more serious. My theory: the blinking colored diodes on the public art, uh, column there probably acts as an attractant to criminals. Maybe it should be covered or removed.


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 4:15 p.m.

Cute! i'm glad I read it before it's taken off.


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 3:24 p.m.

Admit it. Ann Arbor has always been secretly jealous of Ypsilanti's water tower.

Bertha Venation

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 1:39 p.m.

Good one, HB! That's exactly what I was thinking! :)


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 1:39 p.m.

Oh my Dog! That's funny.


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 12:51 p.m.

Haha, "diodes." My somewhat dyslexic mind thought there was an "L" in there before the o and d were reversed.


Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 3:23 a.m.

Better put him in jail before he tries to set a car on fire in front of the fire station too......


Thu, Jan 10, 2013 : 10:43 p.m.

Good thing that this guy is just plain stupid. You can't fix stupid. I hope that the woman got her purse back intact.