CrimeTracker 15: Madison Purse Snatching

Posted Monday, March 19, 2012 --- 11:00 a.m.

From the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type:

Incident Date:
03/17/2012 - 3:21 AM

400 block W. Dayton St.

Jerry Lee Jones Hoffman, age 19, Madison
Mr. Hoffman was arrested for Strong-Armed Robbery and Resisting/Obstructing.

Female, age 21, Madison

A strong-armed robber was taken into custody by UW-Madison Police Dept. officers early Saturday morning following a foot chase involving a friend of the victim.

She was shaken and crying while telling a MPD officer of the crime.

The 21-year old woman was walking home with friends around 3:20 a.m. They were in the 400 block of W. Dayton St. when she felt a tug at her wrist. A stranger snatched her blue, Coach brand, wristlet purse and took off running.

A 26-year old Madison man, one of the victim’s friends, began the chase but lost the suspect in the East Johnson St. area.

UW-Madison Police Dept. officers picked up the trail, set up a perimeter, and took the suspect into custody. The purse has not yet been recovered, and was likely tossed during the pursuit.

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