Titusville Police Nabs Walmart Purse Snatcher After Suspect Runs Over Victim While Fleeing
By Space Coast Daily // April 14, 2017
suspect stole victim's purse out of a vehicle
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – Titusville Police arrested Christopher Lynn Braun, 25, of Titusville approximately 30 minutes after he allegedly stole a purse out of a vehicle and struck the victim with his vehicle while fleeing the scene.
According to Amy Matthews, Public Affairs Coordinator/Public Information Officer for the Titusville Police Department, at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, officers responded to a report of purse snatching in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot, located at 3175 Cheney Highway.
“The preliminary investigation has revealed that Braun took the victim’s purse out of her vehicle as she was returning the empty cart to the cart corral,” said Matthews.
“The victim confronted Braun and he subsequently struck the victim with his 2006 Hyundai Sonata as he was fleeing the scene.”
The victim suffered only minor injuries.
Within minutes, Titusville Police Detectives located a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Park Avenue and Dixie Avenue that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle.
“Detectives followed the vehicle, where it parked at a residence close by, and Braun was arrested,” said Matthews.
“Investigative leads led to the recovery of the victim’s cell phone, located in a tree at the intersection of Hickory Hill Boulevard and Cheney Highway, and the victim’s purse and contents located in the bushes on Brittany Way.”
Braun was charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Conveyance, Grand Theft, and Leaving the Scene of Crash with Injuries. He is currently being booked into the Brevard County jail.
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