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Posted on: August 3, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Robbery Suspect Arrested

Purse Snatcher Arrested


On August 3, 2012, at about 4:45 p.m., the Hemet Police Department received a 911 call of a purse snatching in front of the El Toro Market, located at 311 S. State St. The victim was walking into the business and the suspect stole her purse by force. The victim was not injured and began screaming for help.

A witness who heard the screaming saw the suspect running with the purse. The witness ran after the suspect into a residential neighborhood and lost sight of him in the area of Alessandro St. and Central Ave. Officers set up a perimeter and began searching the area. The suspect ran through several yards trying to elude arrest. The suspect was captured in the area of Walnut St. and Central Ave., after a short foot pursuit. The victim's purse was located nearby and returned to the victim with all of the contents.

The suspect, 23 year old, Gary Eugene Elliott of Hemet was arrested for robbery and a prior prison enhancement. Elliot was booked at Southwest Detention Center and held on $70,000 bail.

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