Police arrest two suspects in purse-snatching spree

Engwin Hall Williams, 23, and 24-year-old Auna Ray Griffin are accused in purse-snatching crimes in Pasadena

August 16, 2013 1:44:18 PM PDT
Detectives have arrested two suspects accused in a string of purse-snatching robberies in the Pasadena area.

Engwin Hall Williams, 23, and 24-year-old Auna Ray Griffin each face two counts of aggravated robbery, according to the Pasadena Police Department.

Authorities say the two are accused in five parking lot robberies since July 19. In each crime, the suspects would drive close to a woman walking in the parking lot and grab her purse before driving off.

In an August 2 incident, the suspects allegedly robbed a mother walking with her 18-month-old in the parking lot of a Target in Pasadena. According to court documents, the suspects sped off before the mother could let go of her purse, and the woman and her child were thrown to the ground. Both the victim and her daughter suffered cuts and bruises during the robbery.

Authorities then used that woman's stolen credit card to track down surveillance video of the suspects who used it at a gas station. In the video, detectives also saw vehicles that matched the description of the cars used in the robberies.

Officers eventually found those cars parked at an apartment complex in the 200 block of Uvalde. From there, detectives used the paper plates on the cars to identify the suspects.

According to court documents, Griffin was positively identified in a photo lineup by two of the victims, and Williams was positively identified one of them.

Both of the suspects have a criminal history. Williams' includes theft, and driving with a suspended driver's license, while Griffin's has prior convictions for an aggravated robbery, credit card abuse and assault on a public servant.

Griffin is being held on bonds totaling $40,000, while Williams is behind held on bonds totaling $20,000.

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