Man accused of snatching 79-year-old woman’s purse in Suffolk arrested

Posted at 10:27 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-31 22:27:12-04

Gregory Lee Lassiter (Photo: City of Suffolk)

Suffolk, Va. – Police have arrested a man accused of snatching an elderly woman’s purse.

Gregory Lassiter, 34, was arrested Thursday evening. He has been charged with robbery, identity theft, criminally receiving goods/service fraudulently, credit card theft, credit card forgery and credit card fraud.

Police say the robbery happened at around 2:14 p.m. Mondayin the parking lot of Kohl’s in the 6200 block of College Drive.

A 79-year-old woman was shopping with her daughter and after they left the store, she was approached by a man who snatched her purse.

The man was seen getting into a 4-door tan vehicle, maybe an older model Camry. He then sped away and left the shopping center through the College Drive exit.

The woman was treated at the scene and was then taken to Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View.

NewsChannel 3 spoke with the woman who says the robber spun her around to get to her purse and that’s when she fell. She says she has a black eye, a broken arm that is now in a sling, and painful bruises and scrapes to her hand and elbow.

Lassiter is currently being held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail with no bond.