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Athens Police Department arrests two after 'purse-snatching' incident

A 70-year-old Athens resident suffered minor injuries Friday when a man allegedly ran up behind her and grabbed her purse, knocking her to the ground.

The Athens Police Department received several calls about the incident, which allegedly occurred near the intersection of West Union and Depot Street at about noon, according to an APD news release.

The suspect ran into a waiting vehicle and fled the scene, according to the release. Witnesses at the scene gave descriptions of the vehicle and one took a picture of it as it drove away, according to the release.

An APD officer who arrived at the scene tracked the woman’s cell phone to Chauncey, where another officer located the vehicle and arrested two suspects, according to the release. 

The officer arrested 42-year-old Donald Gilmore for robbery and 20-year-old Zyon Gilmore for complicity to robbery, according to the release. The release states that both men are from Albany.

Both robbery and complicity to robbery are second degree felonies punishable by two to eight years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000, according to the Ohio Revised Code.

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