Suspect charged in downtown Ann Arbor purse snatching
A 27 year-old Ypsilanti resident is facing charges following an arrest Saturday for snatching a woman's purse in downtown Ann Arbor.
Christopher Courdway was charged Sunday with one count of unarmed robbery. He remains in the Washtenaw County Jail on $10,000 bond.
AnnArbor.com incorrectly reported Courdway's age in its earlier report.
The incident took place around 10 a.m. Saturday on the 100 block of South Main Street. Police said a 41 year-old Ann Arbor woman was waiting for a receipt after making a ATM withdrawal when Courdway yanked the purse from her hand and ran south on Main.
Two bystanders heard the woman scream for help and were able to physically detain the suspect before he struggled free and fled. Police apprehended him about five blocks away.
"It was a group effort in the sense that everyone played a role in making this arrest happen," Ann Arbor Police Sgt. Matt Lige said.
Courdway has previous convictions, Lige said. He was to appear Feb. 28 for a preliminary examination.