Robber botches two theft attempts in SLO
December 4, 2014
A man described as an 18 to 20 years old Hispanic snatched purses from two women in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, but in both instances, failed to escape with the stolen handbags.
Around 5:40 p.m., a female reported to police that the Hispanic man ran past her and grabbed her purse in the 900 block of Chorro Street. The suspect fled through Mission Plaza and then dropped the purse but continued running, according to San Luis Obispo Police.
The female victim then recovered her own purse.
When officers responded to the botched robbery, they received a report of a second purse theft with a matching suspect.
The second robbery occurred in the 900 block of Nipomo Street near the entrance to the Creamery. The thief approached the second female from behind, grabbed her handbag, which contained her purse, and fled into the Creamery.
When the second robbery occurred, the victim screamed, and a citizen saw the suspect running from the scene. The citizen chased the suspect, who fled into the creek behind the Creamery.
The robber quickly became trapped on a steep portion of the creek bank with few possible escape routes. The citizen giving chase ordered him to bring him the stolen handbag, and the robber complied.
The thief then fled north on Nipomo Street and evaded capture. San Luis Obispo police are still searching for the robber.
He is described as between 5 feet and five feet two inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds. Witnesses last saw him wearing a black Raider’s hat, a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.
Officers request that anyone with information about the robberies contact the San Luis Obispo Police Department.