Brothers Accused Of Purse-Snatching Assault
Fugitive Task Force Makes Arrests
Members of the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force have arrested two brothers accused of last Sunday's strong-arm robbery of a shopper leaving an Orange Park store.
Michael and Donovan Brown were wanted by the Clay County Sheriff's Office in the robbery of an elderly woman in the parking lot of the Target Superstore on Wells Road.
One of the robbers threw the victim to the ground as he grabbed her bag, and then ran to a waiting car.
That car turned out to be stolen.
The victim told Channel 4 that although she was shaken up by the incident, fear was the last thing on her mind.
"I guess I was just outraged that somebody was doing this to me," she said.
After video of the parking-lot assault and a sketch of one of the suspects was released on Wednesday, members of the public identified the Brown brothers and warrants were obtained for their arrests.
Clay County deputies requested the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Servie in locating the Browns. Thursday night, Michael Brown was arrested without resistance from his home. Donovan Brown was found at a nearby gas station. He ran from officials but was apprehended after a brief foot chase.
"We're very happy to report that both of these subjects have been captured, and we want to thank the public for coming forward and cooperating," said Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler.
The Brown brothers are each being held in jail on $250,000 bond.
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