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Family Turns in Suspect in El Cerrito Purse Snatch

After police released a photo of a suspect who grabbed a woman's purse in El Cerrito, the suspect's family recognized the 23-year-old man and brought him in today to the police station, where he was arrested.

Photo credit: Betty Buginas
Photo credit: Betty Buginas
By Sara Gaiser, Bay City News Service

A Richmond man was arrested in connection with a purse snatching today, Friday, after family members recognized his picture in surveillance footage, according to El Cerrito police.

The robbery occurred on Friday, Dec. 20, around 1:30 p.m., when a suspect followed a woman into the 400 block of Kearney Street, police said.

The suspect yanked the woman's purse off her shoulder and fled with it on foot, police said.

Before he escaped, however, the victim used a pan she had just purchased to strike him numerous times in the upper body, police said.

The story and photos of the suspect were released to the public today, and family members immediately identified the suspect as 23-year-old John Millohollin, of Richmond.

A relative brought Millohollin to police, who arrested him on suspicion of robbery after an interview.

The case has been referred to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

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lubov mazur December 28, 2013 at 01:15 PM
If you want to see photo of the suspect go to http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/El-Cerrito-Purse-Snatching-Suspect-Beaten-By-Victim-with-Pot-237647981.html
Gary Matalucci December 28, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Such a big man snatching a purse. Well guess what, Punk. Your going to have bigger problems in the slammer than someone snatching your purse. I guess the old saying is true, what goes around comes around. :)
Ellen Hershey December 28, 2013 at 07:52 PM
It can't have been easy for Mr. Millohollin's family to turn him in. My thanks to them for doing the right thing.

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