Alleged purse snatcher steals Jimmy John’s delivery car, jumps into Elizabeth River naked

Posted at 3:53 PM, Nov 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-30 17:49:22-05

Norfolk, Va. – A man has been taken into custody after police say he reportedly tried to steal someone’s purse in an emergency room, took off in a stolen Jimmy John’s delivery vehicle and jumped into the Elizabeth River.

Police say this all started when someone noticed the man trying to steal a purse at Norfolk Sentara General Hospital.  Officers there were notified about the incident and one of them confronted the suspect.

The man then ran outside, found the unattended Jimmy John’s delivery vehicle and took off.

Fort Norfolk security personnel contacted police and told them that a vehicle entered the gate and crashed into a building.

They say the driver got out of the car, stripped naked, and then jumped into the water.

Workers there saw him and threw him a life preserver.

When he finally returned to shore, police were waiting.

He was taken to the hospital for an evaluation and is not facing charges at the moment but he may in the future after the evaluation is completed.