Evanston man arrested in purse snatching

Evanston police have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection with a purse snatching on Main Street.

Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott says a someone grabbed the purse from the shoulder of a woman at 714 Main St. about 3:35 p.m. Thursday.

Parrott says police responding to the scene got a description of the thief from several witnesses who said he'd fled in the direction of a home in the 1100 block of Sherman Avenue where officers knew a subject matching the witness descriptions might be staying.

When officers searched that property they found the victim's belongings including the purse, $50 in cash, credit cards and a drivers license.

And they also found and arrested Vashaun R. Jackson, 22, of Evanston.

Parrott says Jackson's been arrested twice before in the past nine months — in connection with a car burglary attempt in August in which he was charged with criminal damage to property and in connection with a residential burglary last March in which he was charged with criminal trespass to property.

Jackson now faces a felony charge of theft from a person and is scheduled to appear in Skokie district court at 9 a.m. on Jan. 5.

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