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Stamford Police: Suspect In Purse-Snatching Failed To Change His Clothes

Keeon Westin, 24, was charged with third-degree robbery in connection with a purse-snatching in Stamford.
Keeon Westin, 24, was charged with third-degree robbery in connection with a purse-snatching in Stamford. Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department

STAMFORD, Conn. — A man who neglected to change his clothes the day after mugging a woman in Stamford was arrested last week by sharp-sighted officers, police said.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, a 26-year-old woman was grabbed from behind while walking on Virgil Street, police said.

As the unknown black man grabbed her, he pulled her purse from her shoulder, breaking the strap, police said.

The man took off running with the purse and headed behind houses on Virgil Street, police said.

The purse was found a short time later, however, the cash was gone, police said.

The suspect was described as a tall, heavy-set black man wearing a long-sleeved Adidas jacket with white stripes on the arms, police said. Video secured from the area confirmed the description of the suspect.

On Wednesday, an officer and his recruit were traveling on Hoyt Street. Rookie Officer Daniel DeRocco saw the male suspect wearing the same clothes as in the video of the incident, police said. The officers detained the suspect in front of the courthouse, police said.

The officers took him to headquarters, where he confessed to detectives, police said

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Keeon Westin, whose last known address was the homeless shelter, was arrested and charged with third-degree robbery. Bond was set at $10,000.

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