MANATEE -- A 23-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning after he allegedly snatched a purse off a woman in the Desoto Village apartment complex, the sheriff’s office reports.
Lawrence Smith and another masked man allegedly approached a victim who was getting into a vehicle at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday at 3810 Fifth St. E. They didn’t say a word to her, but attempted to grab her bag, according to a report.
The suspects were able to pull the purse away from the victim after a struggle, the report said, during which the victim was able to pull down one of her attacker’s masks.
Through an investigation, deputies were able to assemble a photo lineup containing a photo of Smith, the report said. The victim identified Smith as her attacker.
Smith was arrested in the 4500 block of 26th Street West and, after being read his rights, denied robbing anyone but admitted to being at the Desoto Village.
Smith has been charged with robbery by sudden snatching without a firearm and is currently in Manatee County jail, where he is being held on a $25,000 bond.