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Action of purse theft victim leads to quick arrest

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Brandon A. Stowe (Source: LMDC) Brandon A. Stowe (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Quick action by a crime victim and Louisville Metro Police led to the arrest of a robbery suspect.

A LMPD arrest report says while the woman was pumping gas at the Kroger gas station at Westport Road and Hurstbourne Parkway, a man reached into her car and stole her purse. The woman was able to grab the purse and get into a struggle with the thief, but she let go of the purse when he threatened to shoot her.

The thief got into a nearby car, but the victim was able to get the license plate number and a description of the car, which she gave to MetroSafe dispatchers.

A few minutes later, LMPD officers saw the car at a stop sign on Langdon Drive at Westport Road and ordered the driver, Brandon A. Stowe, 20, of Louisville, out of the vehicle at gunpoint. Police said initially Stowe refused to get out and was starting to drive off, but stopped the car after being ordered again to do so. Once out of the car, had to be taken to the ground by force and placed under arrest.

Police found the purse in the back seat and the victim's cash in Stowe's pocket. Stowe told officers he didn't commit the crime and had dropped the person who did off at a nearly apartment.

The report also states while officers were switching handcuffs on him, Stowe tried pull away from police and attempted to turn a confront them.

The trouble for Stowe did not end there. While being taken to Louisville Metro Corrections, an officer said Stowe could be seen unbuckling his seat belt and reaching inside his pants. Once at LMDC, the officer found two pills wrapped in plastic and concealed in the back seat of the police car.

Stowe was booked into LMDC on charges of robbery, theft by unlawful taking, resisting arrest, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, promoting contraband and tampering with physical evidence. Traffic charges were also added for failure to wear a seatbelt and excessive window tinting.

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