WALNUT CREEK -- Police announced arrests Thursday in a purse-snatching that almost ended with a violent assault last week, one of at least three attempted robberies in downtown Walnut Creek in the last several weeks.
On May 9, a woman walking on Olympic Boulevard near South Main Street had her purse stolen by a man who then ran into the parking garage. Good Samaritans again chased the suspect, who jumped into a white pickup truck.
Before the car fled, another young man got out of the vehicle and threatened bystanders with a baseball bat. Bystanders were able to provide detailed information about the suspect vehicle, and two 17-year-old boys were arrested Thursday, after police searched a home in Pittsburg.
One of the teens was charged with suspicion of felony grand theft and conspiracy, and the other was arrested for alleged felony assault with a deadly weapon and grand theft from a person, according to police.
The most recent incident occurred Wednesday as a Nordstrom employee walked back to her car in the Broadway Plaza shopping center shortly before 9:30 p.m. The woman was approached by a suspect who grabbed her arm and tried to take her cellphone out of her hand, according to Lt. Steve Bertolozzi.
The woman resisted, and the suspect began kicking the woman and punched her on the arm. Bystanders heard the commotion and intervened, leading to the arrest of a 17-year-old boy.
On April 4, a woman had her purse and phone stolen as she stood outside of Corners Tavern, 1342 Broadway Plaza, around 11:15 p.m.
Walnut Creek police have increased patrols in the area following the incidents.
Bay City News Service contributed to this report. Follow Karina Ioffee at Twitter.com/kioffee.