WDBJ7 Web Staff
1:02 PM EDT, July 6, 2012
The Roanoke Police Department has arrested a man who is accused of trying to steal a purse from a 90-year-old woman.
Investigators say it happened Thursday night in the IGA parking lot on Riverland Road.
The victim told police that she was leaving the store when a man grabbed her arm and tried to take the purse off her shoulder. The woman held on to her purse, and the suspect proceeded to drag her across the parking lot as she screamed for help.
Police say another citizen noticed what was happening and ran over to help the woman. The suspect then let go of the purse and tried to run away.
A second citizen stopped the suspect until police arrived by engaging him in conversation.
The suspect, who has been arrested, has been identified as 43-year-old Barry Lynn Arthur of Roanoke. He has been charged with robbery.
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