Citizen helps catch purse snatcher
- Written by Roxanne White
Robbers caught by Humble Police Department The Humble Police Department responded to a call involving a person who had been robbed of personal belongings in the parking lot of Deerbrook Mall outside of JC Penny on Friday, Nov. 23, at approximately 11:30 a.m. According to the police report, three individuals were arrested including a juvenile. “The victim was text messaging on her cell phone when the suspect, identified as Daniel Hernandez, bumped into her, knocking her off balance and then he grabbed her purse,” said Detective Duke Caruthers of the Humble Police Department. “The victim tried holding on to her purse, but Hernandez pulled her arm straight and removed it from her shoulder.” Hernandez fled on foot while the victim ran after him screaming that he had stolen her purse. “Hernandez proceeded into a vehicle driven by another individual and then sped away,” said Caruthers. “An unknown citizen followed the vehicle, but due to the rapid speed and recklessness of the vehicle, lost him. He did, however, obtain a license plate number.” The citizen then came back to the victim and gave her the information he had gathered. She then called police. According to the police report given by the Humble Police Department, “Officer J. Martinez, while responding to a strong-arm robbery of an individual that just occurred, observed the suspect vehicle that fit the description given by the complainant. “Officer Martinez initiated a traffic stop, searched the vehicle and saw the belongings of the victim under the passenger seat,” said Caruthers. “Alejandra Munoz, the driver of the vehicle, had a warrant.” Munoz, 20, of Houston, was arrested for an open warrant and Hernandez, 20, of Humble, was arrested for robbery. A juvenile inside the vehicle was arrested for open warrants. During questioning, Hernandez told officers Munoz knew nothing about the robbery.