Complex Criminal

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In the evening of Friday, May 10, a 65-year-old woman was walking on W. 60th Street, when she saw a 36-year-old man walking close behind her. She crossed the street, and the man crossed with her. The man grabbed her handbag and ran. The victim chased the perpetrator while screaming for help, and the man dropped the purse and ran out of sight. As it happened, a 39-year-old man had witnessed the incident and said he had heard the victim screaming for help and saw a man run into a housing complex building holding the victim's bag. Upon hearing the crime reported over the police radio, the arresting officer arrived at West 61st and Amsterdam Avenue and saw a man fitting the description enter the building. He canvassed the building and found the perpetrator on the 13th floor; he was positively identified by the witness and the victim. $250 in cash had been taken from the victim and was recovered. The perpetrator was arrested and charged with grand larceny.

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