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Portage Public Safety has a unsuccessful purse-snatcher in custody


PORTAGE  (WKZO) -- ‘Tis the season for a lot of things, and unfortunately purse snatching is one of them.

A teenager from Paw Paw is sitting in the Kalamazoo County Jail awaiting a Monday court date to be formally charged with attempted strong armed robbery.

He apparently accosted a 48-year-old woman outside of a business in Portage and tried to snatch her purse.

It happened at about 2:22 Saturday afternoon. Not only was the woman able to fight off the teenager and hang onto her purse but witnesses were able to give Police a good description of the vehicle he used to escape the crime scene.

He was stopped a short time later and arrested.