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E.C. man arrested in failed purse snatching

October 30, 2001|By MARIO RENTER√ćA, Staff Writer

El Centro police arrested a 21-year-old El Centro man after a failed purse-snatching attempt.

El Centro police said Luis Gomez tried to snatch the purse of a 53-year-old woman walking near Fourth Street and Aurora Avenue about 1 p.m. Monday.

Police said the woman was walking home after shopping for groceries.

Gomez was riding a bicycle when he tried to snatch the purse, police said. The woman held onto the purse, causing the strap to break and Gomez to collide with something.

Police said two county Narcotic Task Force agents who were near the incident held Gomez until police arrived.

Gomez was arrested for attempted grand theft. He was being held in the county jail today with bail set at $20,000.

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