Bowie Woman, Lusby Man Arrested in Connection With Attempted Purse Snatching
Anne Arundel County Police arrested two people on Monday after an attempted purse snatching incident at the Graul’s Market in Cape St. Claire. The suspects, both in their thirties, were from Bowie and Lusby. Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said that the incident began around 10 a.m. on Monday.
Police believe that the female suspect tried to grab a purse from an elderly woman in the checkout line at the store. The victim, 78, put up a fight and the woman fled without getting the purse.
Next, two store employees gave chase and the woman was caught and detained in the parking lot. She was returned to the store where an off-duty Anne Arundel County Police officer took her into custody, Mulcahy said.
As all of this was happening, a witness told store staff at Grauls that the woman had arrived at the store in a white van being driven by a man. When the woman was caught, the van sped off, heading south on Cape St. Claire Road. An MDTA officer, on-duty at the time, saw the van speeding off and followed it, later stopping it on Route 50 at St. Margarets Road in Annapolis.
The witness from the store positively identified the driver and he was taken into custody. The two suspects have been charged with attempted robbery, robbery, theft and second degree assault. They are:
- Jamie Marie Reio, 35, of Bowie in Prince Georges County
- Russell Leo Richards, 37, of Lusby in Calvert County