A Gary resident who Portage Police said snatched a woman’s purse on Tuesday
at the Wal-Mart at 6087 U.S. Highway 6 was jumped by other shoppers and
detained until an officer arrived on the scene.
Charles L. Reed III, 19, was arrested on charges of theft and battery.
According to police, at 4:38 p.m. a witness reported that he was shopping
when he heard a woman yell “Help, help, he’s got my purse!” The shopper then
saw a male subject in a red coat with a purse in his hands, prompting the
shopper to wrap “his arms around the back of Mr. Reed to prevent him from
escaping with the victim’s purse,” police said.
Other shoppers also assisted and at some point the first shopper was struck
in the face by Reed, police said.
Reed was taken into custody, transported to Porter Regional Hospital for
treatment of arm pain--sustained in the altercation--and then booked into
the Porter County Jail, police said.