Second Albertsons purse snatching suspect arrested


Texarkana Texas Police have arrested 27-year-old Joseph Whitley Jr. of Texarkana Arkansas and charged him with Aggravated Robbery. 

According to Texarkana, Texas Police Department Whitley was one of two subjects involved in a purse snatching that occurred in the parking lot of the Albertson’s Grocery Store in the 2300 block of Richmond Road.

Whitley was taken into custody last week by Texarkana Arkansas Police on our felony warrant and waived extradition to Texas on Wednesday. 

On April 14, 2015, a 79 year old woman was returning to her vehicle after leaving the store.  As she got to her vehicle, she was suddenly approached by a man who grabbed her purse from her arm.  She fell to the ground as he pulled the purse away from her. The man then ran to a waiting mid-1990’s maroon Ford Mustang that was being driven by another subject. The vehicle was last seen headed toward Mall Drive at a high rate of speed.  The victim was treated for minor injuries at Christus St. Michael Hospital and released later that day.

sechristTwo days later, Officer Corey Motley stopped a maroon Ford Mustang on New Boston Road after he recognized it as matching the description of the vehicle involved in the robbery.  The driver, Charles Sechrist, 28, of Texarkana Texas, had outstanding warrants and was arrested.  There was evidence found inside the vehicle that tied Sechrist and Whitley to the robbery.

Whitley is being currently held in the Bi-State Jail.  His bond has been set at $100,000.

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