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Annapolis purse snatching suspect snatched by victim

File this crime item under the following heading: Victim responses that are probably not a good idea, but when successful make people smile at the fate of unlucky crooks.

So here’s what happened, according to The Capital. A woman was having lunch on Monday at El Toro Bravo in Annapolis. No problem -- so far. El Toro Bravo gets three-and-a-half stars on Yelp. “The rice and beans were good too,” a reviewer notes.

Yum yum. But then the woman is alerted that a man has taken off with her Louis Vuitton purse. Problem.

The woman, whose name was not released, gets up and chases after her purse and her purse’s snatcher. The alleged snatcher grabs 40 bucks from the Louis Vuitton during the run and then dumps the rest of his loot on the ground.

At that point, the alleged snatcher probably thought he was home free — except the victim did not stop chasing him. She caught him, grabbed his collar, and listened as he asked her not to call the police.

Um, no.

The suspect — Egan O’Brien, 40, of Annapolis — told police, according to The Capital, that “he had found the purse and had planned on returning it to the woman.” Hmmm.

Police charged him with several counts of theft. It is not known whether the victim finished her lunch.

Michael Rosenwald is a reporter on the Post's local enterprise team. He writes about the intersection of technology, business and culture.


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