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

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Purse snatching, aggravated assault suspect Javier Duenas. (credit: Dallas Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

Purse snatching, aggravated assault suspect Javier Duenas. (credit: Dallas Co. Sheriff’s Dept.)

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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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