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Abbotsford police arrest man in purse snatching targeting 89-year-old woman

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — A 25-year-old man has been arrested in Abbotsford, B.C., following an attack on an 89-year-old woman.

Const. Ian MacDonald says tips poured in Monday after police in that Fraser Valley city released a photo of the suspect accused of grabbing the woman's purse earlier this month, knocking her to the ground.

Those tips led investigators to the man, who was taken into custody Monday night, following a brief foot chase.

MacDonald says the suspect, who has previous criminal convictions, won't be named until after a Tuesday court appearance.

The victim and her daughter had just left a bank in Abbotsford on April 14 and were getting into a car when the purse snatching occurred.

The 89-year-old suffered various scrapes and bruises when she fell, but has recovered.

The Canadian Press

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