Merrillville man faces charge in Hammond purse snatching

2013-01-29T21:15:00Z 2013-01-29T21:53:07Z Merrillville man faces charge in Hammond purse snatchingTimes Staff
January 29, 2013 9:15 pm  • 

HAMMOND | A man is facing a felony robbery charge in connection with a purse snatching at the Walmart on 165th Street, Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller said.

Tyler Flores, 19, of Merrillville, was arrested and taken to the Lake County Jail, Miller said.

A man threw a 55-year-old woman to the ground to steal her purse and then ran to a waiting car about 2:18 p.m. Friday, Miller said. Police stopped the car at 165th Street and McCook Avenue, where three individuals were initially taken into custody.

An off-duty Chicago police officer had contacted Hammond police when he saw a suspect flee the Walmart parking lot and gave police a description of the vehicle, Miller said.

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