Man who tried to steal purse arrested in downtown Mountain View

A man was arrested Monday evening after he was spotted by our officers trying to steal a woman’s purse in downtown Mountain View.

Around 6 pm, our officers had just finished up responding to a call on the 200 block of Castro Street when they spotted, near the bus stop, a fight between a man and a woman.

The officers saw the man, later identified as 20-year-old transient Anthony Patterson, grab the woman’s purse, which was on her shoulder. Our officers headed immediately over, but Patterson ran away down Castro Street onto Dana Street.

Fortunately, Patterson was unable to take the woman’s purse.

Our officers ran after Patterson and found him hiding in a garbage dumpster near CVS.

Patterson was arrested and booked on charges of attempted robbery and resisting arrest. No one was injured.

We just wanted to send a shout out to our officers who spotted the incident unfolding and were able to make sure not only that nothing was taken, but that everyone was ok.

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