1 Of 2 Suspects In Caught-On Tape Purse Snatching Captured

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Dallas police say a Crime Stoppers tip received Tuesday night has led to the arrest one of two suspects in a purse-snatching incident caught in a widely viewed security video.

Police say Javier Duenas was arrested Tuesday night in Grand Prairie on a charge of aggravated robbery. Police watched the 19-year-old as he left a house and pulled him over on a traffic stop. Duenas, who didn’t resist arrest, remained in jail Wednesday on $250,000 bond. Jail records did not list an attorney.

Police said they issued aggravated robbery warrants Tuesday for Duenas and 20-year-old Thelma Delao. The woman is still at large.

Security video of the March 29 theft shows suspects driving to a parking lot, getting out and approaching a woman and attacking her. The man in the video drags the victim as she struggles to hold on to her bag.

Police say the man had a knife, and the female suspect had a tire jack.

Contact the North Texas Crime Stoppers Tips Line at 1-877-373-(TIPS) 8477 if you know the whereabouts of Thelma Delao, or contact the Northwest Investigative Unit at (214) 670-6179.

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One Comment

  1. rubbercow says:

    Nice looking young man!

  2. Gumby Rules says:

    Gotta love how the criminal has a rosary around his neck and a crucifix tatoo. Good little Christian alter boy type.

    1. NiteNurse says:

      If I am not mistaken but there is a gang that uses the crucifix as it’s logo. Kinda of creepy huh?

    2. schrodinger says:

      Cross– not a crucifix. A crucifix by strictest definition has a representation of the “Corpus” (body of Christ) On tha note, these “rosary gangs” have me on edge– a cop saw some of us praying the Rosary at a park one day and told us to be careful, that there are gangs that use the Rosary as a symbol and have been known to target people with Rosaries in their cars or otherwise in sight as an initiation exercise. I don’t know how true that is, but even the thought… brrr!

  3. NiteNurse says:

    The mug shot of this young man speaks volumes of all that is going wrong with our society. I’m just glad that poor young woman can feel at least a little better that the people that robbed her have gotten caught.

    1. rubbercow says:

      Even the DMN is reporting that Mr. Duenas is suspected of being in the US illegally, so indeed his photo does speak volumes about what is going on in our society.

  4. Meme says:

    Am I the only one that thinks this girl is an idiot for trying to hold on to her purse? Nothing is as important as your life.

  5. Beanz says:

    Not if all he had was a knife! My grandma stabbed me daily. I would have held on too. 🙂

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