*Official Release* Desmond Price identified as purse-snatcher - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

*Official Release* Desmond Price identified as purse-snatcher

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**The following is the official release regarding the suspect involved in the Wal-mart purse snatching and subsequent arrest.**

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Through the investigation of the purse snatching incident at Wal-Mart the Pineville Police Department developed information of a possible suspect Desmond Price of Alexandria. 

Investigators began to verify the information they received. Price had an address in Alexandria and was known to frequent the Third and Broadway Street area.

Pineville Police Department investigators on July 11, Friday evening, were in that area attempting to locate Price in order to question him about the Wal-Mart purse snatching. While in the area investigators notified Probation and Parole members of who they were searching and they began to assist in the search.

Price was observed in the 4400 block of Lee Street in the Silver Equinox that was driven at the Wal-Mart purse snatching. Investigators attempted to stop Price but he sped off. A pursuit was initiated and finally ended in the 500 block of Solomon Street in Alexandria.

After a short foot pursuit in the area Price was taken into custody with assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, Probation and Parole, the Alexandria Police Department, and the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Price was transported to the Alexandria Police Department for questioning. He was later charged by the Pineville Police Department for: 2nd Degree Robbery, Simple Burglary, and Aggravated Flight from a Police Officer, Reckless Operation of a Vehicle, and No Driver’s License.

The elements of the 2nd Degree Robbery charge not only apply to the taking of the purse but the violent act committed on the victim.

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