Purse snatcher charged with armed robbery
A 30-year-old Ypsilanti Township man apprehended by a witness after stealing a woman’s purse now is facing a charge of armed robbery.
Courtesy of WCSO
Deputies responded about 2 p.m. Sunday to the 1600 block of Holmes Road for the robbery report, said Sgt. Geoffrey Fox of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. A 59-year-old woman was walking in the parking lot of the Sunrise Center Shopping Center when she was approached by Charles Horn.
The 30-year-old Horn, of Ypsilanti Township, grabbed the woman’s purse out of her shopping cart, Fox said. When the woman looked at Horn, she saw he was holding a handgun.
Horn fled the area on foot, but a 43-year-old man sitting in his truck noticed the incident and heard the woman screaming for help. The man followed Horn in his truck and eventually got out on foot, catching Horn about a block away, Fox said.
The 43-year-old man held Horn until deputies arrived, Fox said.
On Tuesday, Horn was arraigned on a single charge of armed robbery. He was given a 10 percent of $5,000 bond, according to jail records.
Horn faces his first preliminary exam at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 10 in the 14A-1 District Court in Pittsfield Township, according to court records. He was lodged in the county jail Wednesday morning.