More Charges Against WalMart Purse Snatching Suspect

More charges are coming against a Greenville man who is accused of trying to rob a motel and snatching a woman's purse in Kinston.

Tarboro police say they are going to charge Jonathan Williams with a purse snatching that happened at their WalMart. Police say Williams drove up beside the woman in his vehicle and grabbed her purse in the parking lot.

Williams was arrested yesterday after Kinston police say he did the same thing at their Walmart last week. Authorities say Williams is also being investigated for a similar crime at the WalMart in New Bern.

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A suspect wanted for two different crimes in one local city has been arrested in another county for violation of probation.

Kinston Police say 45 year old Jonathan Williams tried to rob the Econo-Lodge on August 7th and on August 15th, is accused of snatching a 66 year old woman's purse in from of Walmart.

Williams was already in custody for a probation violation in Greenville.

Police say a Lenoir County Crime Stoppers tip provided information that led to Williams' arrest.

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Kinston police say a motel armed robbery attempt and a purse snatching appear to be done by the same man.

The first case happened August 7th at the EconoLodge on Highway 70. The man pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk threw a stapler at the gunman and he left without any money. The gunman left in a white SUV that appeared to be an Isuzu Rodeo with a luggage rack and sunroof.

Then on Sunday morning a man driving a white Isuzu Rodeo SUV snatched a purse from a 66-year-old woman in the Wal-Mart parking lot. The woman fell and was injured. Surveillance video shows the SUV sitting in the parking lot for a substantial amount of time before the theft. Witnesses say the SUV possibly had a Virginia plate with the last four digits of 1445.

To view the surveillance photos, click on the PHOTOS tab at the top of this story.

In the EconoLodge robbery the gunman was described as a white man, 5'7" tall, weighing 190 pounds, medium length brown hair. He was wearing an olive green shirt and brown shorts. At Wal-Mart witnesses say the robber was a white man with close-cut brown hair and wearing a white shirt.

If you have information on either robbery call Kinston police at 252-939-3184 or Lenoir County Crime Stoppers at 252-523-4444.

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  • by Melvin Location: GVegas on Sep 2, 2010 at 04:02 PM
    Some people are more comfortable in "the system" than outside of the system. Jonathan was a friend to me, but this is a sad example of how drugs can take you from the top, and keep you at the bottom. If you lookup his record, this is a reaccuring pattern, maybe he is better off supervised in an institution. The worst part of the entire ordeal is the family he neglected to think about, and how this effects their lives. It's clear to us, but I'm guessing it's not clear to users how your actions can effect your family when you are high. Best wishes Jon, and good luck.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 1, 2010 at 05:39 PM
    he was a good man cant beleive he would do something like that........ so sad
  • by Kannonballz Location: Greenville on Aug 30, 2010 at 04:52 AM
    It's amazing what happens when your trust fund money runs out....adversity does not build character,it exposes it.
  • by Jerry on Aug 25, 2010 at 03:37 PM
    I do no this man personally and he was a cantractor and a real estate gent in greenville. he is not puerto rican he happens to be white. and he does have a drug problem.
  • by n/a Location: Greenville on Aug 25, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    i know this man hes a nice wonderful man he just has alot of issues he need to deal with i may be young but he had to be on drugs he wouldnt do such a thing in real sense i no hes ashmed of himself im hoping hell learn his lesson this time
  • by cw Location: usa on Aug 25, 2010 at 12:25 PM
    this man was a contractor and real estate agent from greenville only a couple years ago...
  • by Anonymous on Aug 25, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    I know this man personally he is not white he is puerto rican.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Aug 25, 2010 at 08:59 AM
    If this guy came to the beach and did this to my wife, then he would not have made it off the beach as I'd be risking prison over killing him. He is a creep that deserves capital punishment at it's best. Wayne, if he got out after 3 years for the same thing, then they need to chop his hands off to keep him from doing it. Do it like they do in some of those nations in Asia.
  • by TO the TRUTH on Aug 24, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    IT'S OBAMA he also allows money for you to go back to school.
  • by To 9mm for a hand bag on Aug 24, 2010 at 06:17 PM
    If he got your bag he'd have your weapon too!! Keep it on your person it'll be safer and more readily available.
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