Protect Yourself from an Attempted Robbery

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

There have been two purse snatchings in less than a week and although police think they've arrested a man responsible for atleast one, they are still warning you to be on your guard.

Grand Junction police have arrested 19–year–old Adrian Peters on charges of aggravated robbery, menacing and assault.

They believe he tried to rob a woman at gunpoint at Two Rivers Convention Center last week and he may be involved in another foiled robbery attempt.

66–year–old Deanna Morrison fought of a man who tried to take her purse at gunpoint outside of Two Rivers Convention Center.

"I just held on to it and I said, no, I will not give you my purse!" Morrison told 11 News in an eclusive interview last Friday as she recounted the story.

On Monday, a 41–year–old woman refused to give up her purse in a foiled robbery attempt in Fruita.

Both woman had the same description for the suspect, a hispanic male in his mid 20's, 5'8 to 5'9 with short black hair and may they told police he may have been driving a 80's tan Ford Taurus.

In both cases the women would not let go of their purses and fought the suspect but Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo says that's not the safest option.

"We suggest or recommend that the victims give the suspected robber what he wants," Angelo told 11 News on Tuesday.

He says he's not second guessing what the women did but he says they were lucky they weren't hurt because an attempted robbery can escalate quickly.

Chief Angelo says it's better if you can avoid the situation in the first place and has several tips:

1. Scan an area before you walk. Be aware of anything out of place.
2. Trust your instincts. If you notice something out of place, find the nearest business or call 911.
3. Leave large amounts of cash, unnecessary credit cards and social security cards at home.

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