UPDATE: Purse Snatcher Arrested in Levittown After Police Pursuit

Police said that the man pushed an elderly woman to the ground in the King Kullen parking lot in Wantagh before fleeing the scene with her pocketbook.

A man who detectives say pushed an elderly woman to the ground in a Wantagh parking lot and snatched her purse was arrested in Levittown Tuesday evening after a police pursuit.

According to Nassau County Seventh Squad detectives, Christopher Nelson, 21, of Glen Cove approached a 73-year-old female victim and knocked her to the ground outside of King Kullen on 1340 Wantagh Ave.

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As the woman fell to the ground, Nelson forcibly grabbed the victim’s pocketbook from her arm before fleeing the scene, police said. The victim suffered injuries to her wrist and both knees. 

Nelson fled the scene in his 2000 Volkswagen Jetta but was apprehended by police at 5:47 p.m. in front of a Denny's on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown. The proceeds were recovered.

Nelson is charged with second-degree robbery, criminal possession of stolen property and reckless endangerment.  He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead. 

With reporting by Andrew Coen.

Mickey January 09, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Way to go NCPD!!! I had my purse stolen 2 years ago in front of BJ's in Levittown. It took a couple of weeks to catch the 2 theives.. but you did get them! Unfortunately, the pocketbooks of us 6 victims in their 1 day spree were not recovered. They had thrown them into dumpsters around town after taking the cash... drug addicts. But you got them too and they are now serving time. Happy for this woman that you were able to recover her bag... a woman carries so many vital things in her bag... getting it back is a big deal!! Thank you!!
Dawn Oliva January 09, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Great job NCPD!!! We don't need people like this coming into our neighborhood and committing crimes.
Don January 10, 2013 at 11:53 AM
TO anyone with an elderly Mom or Dad Sit down talk to them The world has got mean since they brought us up. Our Society has also been Crumbling since our Gransparents.... God Bless Grandma and Grandpa! Everyone's Mom and Dad in them Golden Years arm them with PEPPER SRAY Or something so loud to frighten these punks away. I wish this poor woman held a Certified Consealed Weapon so she was able place a bullet in his buddocks while he turned to run. Other then that I thank the Nassau County Police....


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