Crime & Courts

Police nab man suspected in downtown purse snatching

Columbia police have arrested a man they believe snatched a woman's purse Wednesday on Assembly Street.

Carl Lynn Newman, 52, charged with strong armed robbery and kidnapping. Newman is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center pending bond.

Police were called to 1400 block of Assembly Street at 1:30 p.m. to investigate reports that a man confronted a woman, taking her purse.

Newman fled on foot with the victim’s wallet. A witness provided a description of the suspect and his location.

Officers located the suspect at Washington and Park Streets where he was placed into custody. The victim’s wallet was recovered.

-- From Staff Reports