Three men were arrested as suspects in a woman's purse snatching at St. Albans Riverfest.
About 8:30 p.m. Friday, a woman ran to St. Albans Police officers directing traffic at the annual festival to say three men pushed her boyfriend to the ground and stole a string bag from her containing her purse.
Bike officers on festival duty, along with St. Albans road patrol units, located three suspects, according to a news release issued by St. Albans Police Capt. James Agee.
Police say one of the suspects, Stephon J. LeMaster, 19, of St. Albans was wearing the string bag on his back, according to Agee's account of the incident. Police said the bag still had the purse in it.
The other two suspects, Joseph C. Young, 21, of St. Albans and Daavid D. Wiley, 20, of St. Albans, were also located.
Statements were taken from the victims. Young was said to have initially approached the couple with Wiley tripping the boyfriend pushing him to the ground, according to the news release. When he was down, LeMaster was said to forcibly take the string bag from the girl, according to Agee's account.
All three were being charged with felony First Degree Robbery.
The male victim only received some slight abrasions. His girlfriend was uninjured. Ptl. P. M. Farry is investigating.
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