Police arrest man who allegedly stole a purse then stole a vehiclePhoto by Dan Whisenhunt
Decatur Police have arrested an 18-year-old man after he allegedly stole a woman’s purse, then stole her vehicle.
Police Lt. Jennifer Ross said that on Sunday, May 24 at 8:04 pm, police responded to a theft call in the 600 block of East Lake Drive.
“The victim and several witnesses reported the suspect grabbed a purse that was sitting in a chair and fled on foot,” Ross said. “At approximately 8:49 pm, Decatur Police responded to Oakview Road and East Lake Drive in reference to a stolen vehicle that just occurred.”
Ross said the vehicle belonged to the woman who’d had her purse stolen. The key to her vehicle was inside. A witness trailed the suspect and called police. Officers found the vehicle at Spring and McKoy Streets after it had crashed into another vehicle and a privacy fence. The witness told police the suspect had jumped out of the driver’s seat while the vehicle was still moving. He told the officers the suspect was hiding behind a house nearby.
“Officers located the suspect hiding behind a tree in a backyard in the 200 block of Spring Street,” Ross said. “The suspect sustained lacerations to his knees. There were no other injuries. The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Octavious Morrell of DeKalb County, was arrested and charged with reckless conduct, driving on a suspended license, hit and run and theft by taking of an auto.”