Man Arrested After Elderly Woman Dragged During Purse Theft

From http://www.wcnc.com, March 16, 2012

MINT HILL, N.C. — Mint Hill police arrested a man who allegedly attacked an elderly woman and stole her purse.

Police said a 67-year-old woman was entering a business off of Margaret-Wallace Road Thursday morning when a man attacked her and stole her purse.

On Friday, police said they arrested 18-year-old Brenton Tarell Samuels at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, where he was a student.

According to the police report, Samuels acted like he was going to hold the door open for the victim.  As he held the door he grabbed the woman’s purse and attempted to flee.

“The woman refused to let go of her purse and fell to the ground still holding the purse.  The victim was dragged a short distance before letting go of the purse,” the police report stated.

Police said they found the purse a short distance from the business after Samuels fled the scene. The woman was transported to a local hospital after suffering minor injuries.

Samuels is charged with aggravated assault on a handicapped person and common law robbery.

If anyone has information on this crime they’re asked to contact Mint Hill police at 704-545-1085.

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