Man, woman confess to snatching purse from 79-year-old woman in Woodhaven

Posted at 6:31 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 06:31:57-04

WOODHAVEN, Mich. (WXYZ) — A man and woman are in custody after they allegedly snatched a purse from a 79-year-old woman.

On June 25, officers from the Woodhaven Police Department responded to the area near the Dress Barn store located at 1924 7 West Rd. for a reported purse snatching.

Police say that the elderly woman had her purse stolen from her that a man that exited from a vehicle that had just stopped near her. The victim and the suspect struggled over the purse before the purse strap ripped away. The suspect was able to maintain possession of the purse and jumped back into the vehicle which then fled at a high rate of speed through the shopping center and exited onto West Road.

Police say the car was being driven by a woman and was later identified as a dark gray Ford Escape.

The victim was knocked to the ground during the altercation. Police say she suffered minor injuries consisting of small lacerations and scratches. The purse and most of its contents were recovered a short time later in Trenton.

On July 18, Woodhaven police received information that the possible suspects were in custody at the Wyandotte Police Department on unrelated charges. Detectives interviewed both subjects who each confessed that they were responsible for the purse snatching, citing addiction to narcotics as the reason for the robbery.

The suspects were identified as Wyandotte residents Timothy Allen Hall, 36, and Lindsey Michele Johnson, 36.

Both were charged with one count of unarmed robbery, a 15-year felony. Hall was charged with habitual offender - fourth offender notice and Johnson was charged with habitual offender - second offense notice. Both defendants are being held at the Wayne County Jail.