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Two arrested for stealing purse from elderly woman in Fayetteville

Posted July 10

— Two men were arrested for stealing a purse from an elderly woman Thursday morning, then leading police on a brief vehicle pursuit.

An 82-year-old woman was walking into the Carlie C’s on Cedar Creek Road at about 9 a.m. when a man snatched her purse from her shopping cart, police said. The man then entered a red Pontiac Sunfire and was driven away.

The vehicle was spotted on Clinton Road near Dunn Road but it did not stop for officers, police said. The brief pursuit ended when the vehicle became stuck in traffic on Person Street near South Eastern Boulevard.

The driver, Ethan Jeremiah Mitchell, 18, of 1215 Jereens Creek Road, was charged with obtaining property by false pretense, possession of a weapon of mass destruction (officers said they found an altered rifle in the vehicle) and two counts each of larceny from the person, possession of stolen goods and felonious conspiracy. Mitchell remained at the Cumberland County jail Thursday under a $175,000 bond.

The passenger, Tyrique Jerome Sharpless, 21, of 1900 Tryon Drive, was charged with two counts each of larceny from the person, possession of stolen goods and felonious conspiracy. Sharpless remained at the Cumberland County jail Thursday under a $125,000 bond.

Both men were also charged with a larceny at the same supermarket on July 7 when a 67-year-old woman had her wallet snatched while at an ATM, police said. The suspects in that incident also fled in a red Pontiac Sunfire, police said.

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  • croberts11117 Jul 11, 3:15 p.m.

    Should be a special charge for crimes against elderly.

  • Ijaz Fahted Jul 11, 3:03 p.m.

    LOL, what a gamble. Could have gotten away with some good cash money, or maybe just some loose change and cat food coupons. Never know what's in a purse.

  • unblankenbelievable Jul 11, 2:32 p.m.

    Good thing it wasn't my grandmother or I would be going to prison.

  • Confucius say Jul 11, 10:26 a.m.

    Our soft judicial system will let them back out to commit a crime against someone else soon. Then they'll be back in jail. Then they'll be turned loose. Then they'll commit another crime. Then they'll be back in jail. Then they'll be turned loose.....see the patern?

  • Whosays Jul 11, 9:10 a.m.

    No raising here, no respect for the elderly, throw the book at them.