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Man Rips Off 79-Year-Old Woman's Purse In Dutchess Parking Lot, Police Say

Howard Hill
Howard Hill Photo Credit: Town of Poughkeepsie Police

A 41-year-old man was apprehended after a brief foot chase for stealing the purse of a 79-year-old woman in a parking lot, according to Town of Poughkeepsie Police.

The incident took place Monday when Town of Poughkeepsie police received a call that a woman was forcibly robbed of her pocketbook while entering her vehicle in a parking lot in the area of Main Street, said Capt. Kevin Faber.

The suspect, Howard Hill of Poughkeepsie, was located after a brief foot chase, Faber said.

The woman was not injured and police were able to retrieve her purse with the assistance of the department's K-9 Team, he added.

Hill was charged with felony robbery and is being held at the Dutchess County Jail on $100,000 cash, $200,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.

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