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Police Arrest Man Suspected of Stealing Purses, Bags From More Than a Dozen Asian Women

Police have arrested a 26-year-old man suspected of stealing purses and bags from more than a dozen women in the Chinatown-International District, Rainier Valley, and Beacon Hill.

Over the last six weeks, the suspect approached his victims—primarily Asian women, from 40 to 80 years old—near their vehicles, outside Seattle grocery stores, and grabbed their bags before fleeing in a vehicle.

On Tuesday, members of the Robbery Unit, Gun Violence Reduction Unit, Community Response Group and US Marshals arrested the suspect at a Renton car rental lot and arrested him. Police recovered a loaded handgun from the man–who is a convicted felon and unable to legally possess guns—and booked him into the King County Jail for multiple counts of theft and unlawful possession of a firearm.

SPD’s Bias Crimes unit will also review the cases, due to the suspect’s repeated targeting of Asian victims.