Witnesses aid in purse snatcher's arrest

September 1, 2009 1:02:53 PM PDT
Officers in South San Francisco were able to track down and arrest an alleged purse-snatcher on Monday after witnesses followed the suspect and alerted police.

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At around 1:50 p.m., three people heard a woman cry for help after she was robbed in the area of 300 Grand Avenue, according to the South San Francisco Police Department.

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A 20-year-old San Bruno man, Isrrael Vazquez, had allegedly grabbed the woman's purse and fled the area on foot.

The bystanders reportedly followed Vazquez and called police with details regarding his location.

Officers responded, and after a brief search found the suspect hiding in dense brush about 40 yards north of South Airport Boulevard.

Vazquez was arrested and booked at San Mateo County Jail for robbery after two witnesses positively identified him.

The victim was not injured during the robbery, according to police.

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