Camarillo Police: SP woman arrested for alleged purse snatch attempt

April 19, 2017
Santa Paula News

A Santa Paula woman who allegedly tried to snatch a womanís purse outside a Camarillo bank and fled after the intended victimís resistance led to a tug-of-way that ended with the two rolling on the ground was captured last week.

Camarillo Police Deputies are crediting the victimís close attention to detail for later taking Sabrina Lee, 21, of Santa Paula, into custody.

The attempted robbery occurred Monday, April 10 outside the Wells Fargo Bank, located at 487 Carmen Drive, at about 11:40 a.m. according to a Camarillo Police spokesman.

The unidentified woman was inside Wells Fargo conducting business before she left and went to her bicycle, which was secured outside.†

The victim had placed her purse in a basket on the front of the bicycle when Lee approached her and asked for a cigarette.†

Suddenly, Lee then grabbed for the victimís purse and attempted to take it but the victim also grabbed it and a struggle ensued.†

As the victim and Lee struggled over the victimís purse, they both fell to the ground. Lee finally gave up and ran to a waiting car, allegedly driven by Alyssa Gutierrez, 22, of Camarillo.†

Camarillo Deputies responded to the scene and along with detectives were able to gather information and evidence that identified Lee.†

Later that same day, at about 10 p.m., Camarillo Deputies were at an unrelated disturbance call on Calle Argolla in Camarillo, when they saw Lee in a nearby car and recognized her from the information detectives had provided.†

Lee was taken into custody without incident.†

Detectives continued to gather information and on Tuesday, April 11, they contacted Gutierrez and arrested her without incident.†

Lee was arrested for suspicion of attempted robbery and Gutierrez was arrested for suspicion of being an accessory by harboring, concealing and/or aiding a felon.

The case was solved quickly due to the attention paid by the victim during the incident: ďThe Camarillo Police Department would like to remind the public to always be aware of your surroundings,Ē noted police in a prepared statement. ďIn this case, the victim did a terrific job of being aware and was able to provide detailed information of the suspectís actions before and after the attempted robbery.Ē

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