Suspected purse-snatcher faces robbery charges

Robbery occurred on 33rd Street near Orange Avenue

SAN DIEGO - A 27-year-old man suspected of snatching a woman's purse in San Diego is facing robbery charges Saturday.

Albert Cornejo is accused of snatching a 35-year-old woman's purse as she walked on 33rd Street near Orange Avenue just before 10 a.m. Friday, said San Diego police Officer Frank Cali.

The woman struggled to hang onto her purse, but Cornejo allegedly wrested it from her and then fled northbound on 33rd Street, Cali said.

According to authorities, a police helicopter helped locate Cornejo in a nearby alley where he was detained by officers.

Cornejo was arrested on suspicion of robbery after being positively identified by the victim, Cali said.

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