Police arrest 16-year-old charged in downtown Charleston purse snatching

Published: May. 4, 2015 at 6:48 PM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2015 at 7:09 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators have arrested a teenager accused of a purse snatching that occurred along with several assaults and an armed robbery during a weekend last month.

Charleston police officials announced Monday afternoon that a 16-year-old boy is being charged for a purse snatching that happened on April 25 on Rutledge Avenue.

The teen, whose identity has not been released due to his age, is currently being held at the Charleston County Juvenile Center.

According to CPD officials, the crime happened at 11:30 p.m. near 207 Rutledge Avenue when a couple was walking and approached by a group of juveniles.

Police say a verbal exchange occurred between them, and the juveniles left the area.

A police report states the juveniles returned a few minutes later, approached the couple, and when the couple tried to walk on the sidewalk, the juveniles blocked their path.

According to investigators, one of the juveniles knocked a purse out of one of the victim's hands, picked the purse up, and the juveniles fled down Cannon Street.

Officials with Charleston police say the purse snatching occurred along with several assaults and an armed robbery on April 25 and April 26 following a private teen party at the YWCA on Coming Street.

Police announced last week that 17-year-old Jordan Hall was taken into custody on April 30 in connection to the armed robbery and assaults. Hall is charged with two counts of assault and battery by mob second-degree and armed robbery. Hall is being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center.

One of the teens, who attended the event at YWCA, was robbed of his cellular telephone as he was leaving the party, according to police.

The first assault Hall is charged with occurred Saturday night near Morris Street and Coming Street. Several individuals struck the victim in his face and head area with their fists. The victim was treated at the scene for his injuries.

The second assault occurred Sunday morning near Vanderhorst Street and Coming Street. The victim was also kicked and punched by a group of individuals. He was also treated at the scene for his injuries.

Investigators are trying to identify additional suspects in the events that occurred that weekend.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents can call Investigators Adam Deming or Justin Kursh at 720-3913 or 720-3914.

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