Police searching for CVS purse-snatching suspect

By: By Chris Berendt - cberendt@civitasmedia.com

Clinton Police Department authorities are searching for a suspect involved in a purse-snatching at CVS in Clinton, in which a male suspect reportedly struck a female victim in the face and made off with her purse, subsequently leading police on a foot chase. He is still being sought.

Police responded to the assault and purse snatching at 9:40 p.m. Monday. The victim, Rosalie Oswald of Clinton, was placing items in her vehicle when she was approached by a black male demanding her purse, Clinton Police Department officials said in a prepared statement released Tuesday afternoon.

“The male struck the victim in the face and then fled from the scene with the purse,” the statement reads.

Oswald drove to the Clinton Police Department to report the incident, to which EMS responded and treated Oswald for minor injuries at the scene. The suspect is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall, weighing 190 pounds. No other suspecct description was given.

Uniform officers began searching the area and located a person matching the description on Johnson Street, however the person fled on foot and was not located Monday evening, police said. The department’s Neighborhood Improvement Team began investigating. According to reports, an in-car video system was able to capture an image of the person as he fled and a person of interest has been identified, however further information was being held close to the vest.

Reached Tuesday, acting Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards said the NIT team is working closely with the victim and the investigation is ongoing. He said an image of the suspect is not yet being released.

Investigators said anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Clinton Police Department at 910-592-3105. Citizens may also provide information using the anonymous texting service, CPD TIP411 by texting “tipcpd” and the tip to 847411.


By Chris Berendt


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