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Attempted purse snatcher held by witnesses until police arrive

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

One woman's purse has been returned to her, after witnesses helped hold down the robber who snatched it,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 It happened on Tuesday just after 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Olive Garden on Hamilton Place Boulevard.

Police say the suspect, 27-year-old Jesse Defries, ran across the parking lot, and grabbed the purse on Angela Jeffers' arm. Witnesses say he also grabbed her wrist when she wouldn't let the purse go, and finally she released the purse to him.

Defries still had the purse in hand when he was caught in the parking lot.  Several witnesses held him down until police arrived. The victim's purse was returned with all of the original contents.  Defries has been charged with robbery and simple assault.

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