Community helps Richmond police nab teen who allegedly robbed mom pushing stroller

Victim of suspected hit-and-run incident in Richmond ID'd
Photo from Richmond Police Department.

A teenager suspected of snatching a mother’s necklace as she was pushing her child in a stroller in Richmond Monday afternoon was arrested after officers received assistance from community members on the suspect’s whereabouts, police said.

The incident unfolded at about noon at 8th Street and Ohio Avenue, when the 17-year-old suspected gang member approached the mom from behind and snatched her jewelry from her neck, Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

The teen fled before police arrived, leading to a search. During the search, local residents reported to officers seeing a Hispanic male whose clothing matched the description of the suspect hopping over backyard fences, Tan said. That prompted RPD Officer Steve Purcell Jr.  to seal off the perimeter in the area. Soon after, Officer Purcell spotted the teen hop over a backyard fence and took him into custody on 3rd Street, Tan said.

He was positively identified by the victim and arrested. His identity is not being released due to his age, although police say he is a known gang member.

Purcell convinced the suspect to help find the jewelry he stole. The suspect was also found to be on active probation for robbery.

“This incident is another great example of community policing,” Tan said. “The residents stepped up, worked as a team with their police officers to help apprehend a robbery suspect. We are happy to report that victim and her young child weren’t harmed in the robbery.”