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Police arrest violent purse snatchers

August 13, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The crime spree started in Murietta with a series of violent purse snatchings and if that wasn't shocking enough, the couple's toddler was in the vehicle with them as they evaded police. Twenty-five-year-old Garnett Reed and his 20-year-old girlfriend LaQuinta Deville are in custody. Both are from the Winchester area.

In a supermarket parking lot the Reed confronted an 85-year-old shopper. He grabbed her purse and struggled with him. She was knocked to the ground, but held on to her purse and the thieves sped away.

Lieutenant Dennis Vrooman with the Murrieta police says there was a second theft.

"In that case we had a 29-year-old female that had her infant with her, and as she was trying to put her infant in the car she left her purse unattended in the shopping cart. The robber had the opportune time, came up and stole her purse and made of with her purse," said Lt. Vrooman.

Officers from the Murrieta Police Department followed the couples rental car into San Diego County where the pursuit ended.

"The suspect vehicle went up a dead end road. They came back down and played chicken with the police car and rammed the front of one of our police cars," said Lt. Vrooman. "The officer was not injured fortunately. Only at that time did we find out that the couple had their 3-year-old son strapped in a car seat in the back seat during the entire robbery and pursuit."

The suspects have been charged with a number of counts including: robbery, child endangerment, and elder abuse.

The 85-year-old woman who was knocked to the ground was released from the hospital, but then had some problems and was re-admitted.

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