Man arrested after snatching purse from 75-year-old woman

Published 4:46 pm Friday, June 9, 2017

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A 36-year-old man is behind bars after allegedly stealing a purse off a 75-year-old woman’s shoulder on Friday.

The man was caught when a member of the victim tracked her iPad to a location in Beaumont.

Beaumont Police officers responded shortly before noon to the robbery at Holiday Inn, 3950 Interstate 10 South near Walden Road, according to a press release from the Beaumont Police Department.

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The victim, a 75-year-old Houston woman, told officers that as she was reaching into her vehicle, the suspect ran up behind her and pulled her purse from her shoulder. The woman was hurt when the purse was jerked from her shoulder.

The purse contained an I-phone, I-Pad, and a wallet with credit cards. The suspect got into the driver’s seat of a red pick up truck and left west on Walden Road.

A family member was able to track the I-pad to the area of Kolander road in Jefferson County and then to the 4500  block of Magnolia in Beaumont.

Officers located the I-Pad and the suspect.

Police arrested Bobby Lee Madden, 36, of Jefferson County. He was arrested for aggravated robbery and transported to the Jefferson County Jail.