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Covington Police link purse-snatching suspects to multi-state crime spree

COVINGTON -- Covington Police have identified the two suspects involved in the purse-snatching and dragging of an Oxford woman Wednesday afternoon and have placed them as suspects in a multi-state crime spree.

Robert Joseph Chastain, 29, of 906 N. Independence, Harrisville, Mo., faces charges of robbery, aggravated assault, failure to stop at an accident with injury, reckless driving and fleeing and attempting to elude. Also, Kristen J. Callaway, 25, of 201 Main St., East Lynn, Mo., is charged with robbery and aggravated assault.

According to Public Information Officer Ken Malcom, their investigation has revealed that the vehicle they drove during the attack on the woman in the Walmart parking lot on Industrial Boulevard was stolen in Missouri. The Wisconsin plates that were on the vehicle were stolen in Kentucky, Malcom said. From there the pair travelled to several states committing crimes similar to the purse-snatching at Walmart, after which CPD officers were able to arrest them following a chase on Interstate 20 and into Atlanta.

"From here they were on their way to Alabama," Malcom said.

The 51-year-old victim was treated and released from an Atlanta hospital Wednesday, but Malcom said he had spoken with the woman's husband Thursday morning and she remained "in a lot of pain."

During the incident, Callaway allegedly leaned out of the window of the stolen maroon Ford Fusion driven by Chastain and grabbed the woman's purse from a buggy as she was unloading groceries.

"Realizing she was being robbed, the victim attempted to grab her purse," Malcom said, adding that she became entangled with the purse and was dragged approximately 300 yards through the Walmart parking lot.

A lookout was issued for the vehicle and CPD Officer Brian Capps spotted it near the Almon Road exit of Interstate 20. When he attempted to stop the vehicle, a chase ensued up I-20 westbound.

Once he reached Atlanta, Capps was joined by the Georgia State Patrol and after causing a wreck, the vehicle was stopped on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Comments

CW 1 year, 11 months ago

I am really glad these people were apprehended. They don't deserve to be out on the streets. Women, when you're in the store or loading items into your vehicles, please be extra careful to make sure your purse cannot be grabbed, especially during the upcoming holidays.

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