Suspect arrested in violent purse snatching

Brandon, Florida -- Thanks to numerous tips from Crime Stoppers Tampa Bay, Hillsborough Sheriff's detectives have identified and arrested the man who robbed and injured a 62-year-old woman at the Regency Shopping Center Thursday.

Police arrested 19-year-old Ja'Marcus Da'Sha Russ at his home and have charged him with robbery greater than $300, fraudulent use of a credit card over $100 and fraudulent use of a credit card less than $100.

Police say within three hours of the robbery, Russ used the victim's credit card to make the following purchases:

  • $865 purchase at the Wal-Mart store on Causeway Boulevard,
  • $46 purchase at the Mobile gas station on W. Brandon Blvd,
  • he was declined four times trying to make a $1,998 purchase at the Kmart on W. Brandon Blvd.
  • he then returned to the Mobile gas station and was declined a $4.70 purchase

Related: Man beats elderly woman for her purse


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