San Diego

91-Year-Old Becomes Emotional When Deputies Return Stolen Purse

The woman cried and hugged the deputies on scene

A 91-year-old woman became emotional when San Diego Sheriff's officials (SDSO) helped her recover her stolen purse, crying and hugging the deputies on scene.

The incident happened at approximately 4:14 p.m. Monday when deputies responded to a robbery call where the suspect allegedly forcibly snatched a purse from an elderly victim. The robbery happened on the 9600 block of Mission Gorge Road in Santee. 

The victim gave deputies a precise description of the suspect, his car and where she saw him escape, deputies said. 

Deputies from the Santee and Lakeside substations, as well as the K-9 Unit and the Sheriff's helicopter, ASTREA, were able to find the suspect in his car on the 8500 block of N. Magnolia Avenue in Santee. 

James Farquar, 29, was arrested for robbery, elder abuse and possession of narcotics, Sheriff's officials said. He was booked into the San Diego Central Jail. 

Deputies also recovered the stolen purse and cash. 

When they went to return it to her, the victim became so emotional she cried as she hugged all the deputies on scene. 

No other information was immediately available.

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