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WATCH: Purse snatching in Santa Cruz caught on camera

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KION-TV) UPDATE JULY 13, 2022, at 1:21 p.m.- The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office said they made an arrest related to a purse snatching of an elderly woman on Tuesday.

Bryan Palacios Zapien, 20, was found with the same clothing he was wearing in the video and with the stolen belongings, said deputies.

A 9-1-1 caller in Watsonville spotted him. Watsonville Police chased him briefly before taking him into custody.

Zapien has been taken and booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on various charges, according to deputies.


Santa Cruz Police need the public's help finding a purse snatcher caught in the above video.

This incident occurred at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday on the 100 block of Seacliff Drive. The man in the video robbed an elderly woman's purse and ran away, said deputies.

"The suspect was last seen getting into what is believed to be a 2002 gold infinity or similar 4-door sedan with tinted windows," said the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office. He drove away southbound on Seacliff Drive.

The man is in his mid 20's with shaggy hair, wearing a baseball hat, red/blue and white "PUMA" shirt and yellow athletic shorts, according the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

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