Three arrested in Hattiesburg strong-armed robbery

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Three people are in police custody in Hattiesburg awaiting formal charges after a strong-armed robbery at a shopping mall.

The suspects have not been identified, but police say one of them pushed a woman down and stole her purse Tuesday afternoon in the parking lot of a mall in the 6100 block of Highway 98 near Target.

A few seconds later, he threw it away and got into a waiting Ford Taurus, which drove to a nearby apartment complex on Shears Road. That's where police arrested one female and one male suspect, and chased down a third male, arresting him in the woods behind another apartment complex.

Police said the victim suffered minor injuries.

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