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Posted on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 : 12:36 p.m.

Police seek 2nd suspect after woman robbed, dragged down stairs

By Kyle Feldscher

A man stole a woman’s purse while she was walking up to her Ypsilanti apartment Wednesday afternoon, dragging her down a flight of stairs and causing minor injuries in the process.

Investigators later arrested a man driving the suspect's getaway car and still are looking for the robber.

According to a statement from Ypsilanti police, a 30-year-old woman flagged down two officers at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 1400 block of Gregory Street to report the robbery. According to police, a man grabbed her purse from behind while she was walking up to her apartment.

A witness told police he chased the man with the purse to a red Ford Escort, where another man was waiting in the car. After the man with the purse jumped in, the car sped south on Courtland, away from the scene.

A Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputy went to the address listed in records for the vehicle and saw the Escort pull up to the home. The deputy arrested the driver, a 24-year-old Ypsilanti Township man, who said the passenger in the car had stolen the purse, removed the money and thrown the purse out of the window.

The purse was located with all of its contents, except for the cash, according to police. Investigators still are working to identify the second suspect. The woman's ID, cellphone and credit cars were recovered in the purse.

Police said the at-large man is black, in his late 20s, between 5-feet-10 inches and 6-feet tall, skinny, with a long goatee. He was wearing a black hat, black coat and black pants.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the Ypsilanti police at 734-483-9510.

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Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 12:33 a.m.

Does it really matter what streets intersect? The cowardly deed of knocking a woman down to steal her purse is the crux of the story.


Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 1:25 p.m.

Yes it does. If they can't get the simple details correct how do we know they are not messing up on other parts of the story. I for one want to know where these types of things are happening.

Ann English

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 12:30 a.m.

Did you mean Cornell Street, instead of Courtland? Cornell Street IS visible on the map provided. It ends at Washtenaw Avenue, not very far northeast of where Courtland Street begins.

Duc d'Escargot

Thu, Jan 31, 2013 : 8:49 p.m.

Excuse me, but Courtland St. is nowhere near the 1400 block of Gregory. Did the witness follow the Escort all the way through the neighborhood, west to Courtland St.?


Thu, Jan 31, 2013 : 6:38 p.m.

"The purse was located with all of its contents, except for the cash, according to police. Investigators still are working to identify the second suspect." Hope the charge the driver with the full're JUST as much of a bad guy when you PROTECT a bad guy...