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Purse snatcher knocks woman to pavement outside KC grocery store

Updated: 2013-05-18T00:50:27Z

By CHRISTINE VENDEL

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City police arrested a man Thursday night after he allegedly ripped a purse off a 61-year-old woman’s shoulder, causing her to fall to the ground, knocking out several teeth.

The victim was loading groceries into her vehicle in a parking lot in the 4000 block of Mill Street about 9:45 p.m. when the man knocked her facedown on the pavement. He fled with her purse in a red Ford Taurus.

When officers arrived, they found the victim crying and bleeding from her mouth.

After police spotted the car near 31st Street and Jackson Avenue, the driver rammed the vehicle into a patrol car. Officers then chased the car to the 2400 block of Jackson, where it ran up on a curb, hit a bus sign and stopped in a yard. The 45-year-old driver tried to run but was caught by officers, who found the victim’s cellphone in his front pocket.

To reach Christine Vendel, call 816-234-4438 or send email to cvendel@kcstar.com.

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