A man is in custody after he allegedly attempted to snatch an 80-year-old victim’s purse in Arroyo Grande on Monday.
According to Arroyo Grande police, officers responded to a call regarding a robbery in progress at the Kmart parking lot on West Branch Street.
Police say Mykel Leo Romo, 21, of Atascadero had allegedly tried to snatch a purse from the elderly woman from the Kmart parking lot.
According to police, Romo attempted to flee the scene on a motorcycle but several citizens detained him until officers arrived.
Romo was taken into custody after a brief struggle and was booked at San Luis Obispo County Jail for suspicion of robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle.
The motorcycle Romo tried to escape with turned out to be stolen and had altered license plates and was painted a different color.
Police say Romo forced the victim to the ground when he tried to take her purse causing minor injuries.
According to AGPD, Romo is also a suspect in another robbery that occurred on Feb. 15 at the Walmart parking lot. The victim in that robbery was a 65-year-old woman.
In both robberies Romo approached the women and asked for directions and then fled on a motorcycle.
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