Botched Purse Snatching in NoMa Results in Victim getting Maced in the Face – Arrests Made

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From MPD:

“On today’s date at around 12:01AM, two citizens walking northbound in the 900 block of First Street, Northeast, were approached by (2) subjects, (1) of whom attempted to snatch the purse off the citizen’s shoulder. During a struggle for the purse, the citizen was sprayed in the face with mace. The (2) subjects then fled northbound in the block without obtaining the purse.

The responding officers obtained a lookout for the two subjects, and during a canvass, two subjects matching the description provided by the victim and the witness were located a short distance away. Those two subjects were positively identified by the victim, placed under arrest and charged accordingly.”

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  • It’s ridiculous that all three of these most recent crime reports in NoMa have happened right around that same intersection (K St NE and 1st St NE): this, the stolen bike, and the individual who was released after punching several individuals in the face/trying to steal a baby/wheelchair pusher over.

    Glad these two didn’t get what they wanted, got caught, and got ID’d. Thoughts go out to the victim. I’m sure she’s shaken, but glad there is no indication of any additional violence against her.

  • Do we know if the Mace belonged to the victim? I recently purchased some, but am fearful that it might not be effective in a real situation or that it would get used on me instead. Anyone had a situation in which Mace worked for them?

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