Sacto 9-1-1
July 19, 2011
Citrus Heights purse snatching leads to high-speed chase

A purse snatching in Citrus Heights this afternoon turned into a high-speed chase that ended when the suspects crashed their vehicle in West Sacramento.

Citrus Heights Police Department spokesman Officer Jon Kempf said a woman was leaving the Costco store at 7000 Auburn Blvd. about 3:50 p.m. when two men grabbed her purse, then got into a vehicle and fled. A witness who was pumping gas at the store gave chase and followed the suspects onto Interstate 80. Kempf said he believes the witness abandoned his pursuit when officers got involved. He added that police do not recommend that citizens pursue suspects.

Kempf said Citrus Heights police were joined in the pursuit by Sacramento and West Sacramento police officers and a helicopter.

The vehicle chase ended when the suspects crashed at 850 Sacramento St. in West Sacarmento.

Kempf said one of the men was taken into custody at the crash site, but the other ran into an apartment complex, where he tried to kick in a door. A police dog was deployed, and the second man was taken in to custody after the dog bit him, Kempf said.

The names of the suspects were not immediately available.

The woman's purse was recovered and police also found a gun in the vehicle, Kempf said.

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