Witness helps police nab purse thief

Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — With assistance from a cooperative witness and the Ecorse Police Department, city police caught a purse snatcher who’d robbed a woman in a party store parking lot.

Lincoln Park resident Scott Jason Jones, 31, was arraigned Tuesday in 25th District Court on one charge of unarmed robbery and also as a fourth-offense habitual offender.

Police responded to a call shortly after 11 a.m. Oct. 27 from a woman who said her purse was stolen in the parking lot of Applewood Party Store, 729 Southfield. The woman had parked in the lot and noticed Jones, wearing jeans and a yellow sweat shirt, leaning against the building.

As she exited her vehicle, Jones allegedly ran up to her and pushed her back in the car. He then pulled a black
purse from off her shoulder, and she began to scream.

Jones turned to run down the alley, and was also seen by a customer leaving the store who tried chasing Jones before stopping to see if the woman was injured.

While the witness was checking on the victim, police said that Jones returned to the parking lot, threw the purse toward the woman and then ran toward Cleophus.

On Sunday, Lincoln Park police were notified that Jones had been followed and was being held by Ecorse Police. Lincoln Park investigators spoke again with the witness who identified Jones.

Jones was transported to Lincoln Park and a warrant was secured Monday. Jones was held on a $500,000 cash bond. A preliminary examination of the evidence against him is scheduled for Nov. 13.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)