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Accused purse-snatcher caught by witnesses is indicted by grand jury

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 4, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A Huron County grand jury on Friday indicted Vermilion resident Glenn C. Pratt II, 31, on charges of robbery and tampering with evidence in connection with a Jan. 17 incident.

He was one of the 10 defendants who were indicted Friday by the grand jury.

Pratt was arrested about 15 minutes after several employees who work across from Schild's IGA chased him down and recovered the 63-year-old woman's purse, which he ditched during the pursuit.

Capt. Mike Conney said the 9-1-1 caller was taking his groceries to his car when he noticed Pratt was acting suspiciously.

"It was just his body language made it appear he was stalking (someone)," Conney said.

Crystal Jackson, a stylist with Tammy's Salon of Style, has said she watched the suspect and believed Pratt was going to rob the woman "because he looked like he was really nervous about something."

Pratt fled from Columbia Gas and ACC Norwalk employees after he caught his breath at the VFW parking lot. Conney, who arrived about the same time, chased the man on foot. He said he arrested Pratt after he told him "I give up" while attempting to hide behind a fence in some underbrush.

If convicted, Pratt faces nine months to five years in prison. Pratt remains in the Huron County Jail.

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