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Police arrest purse robbery suspect

Posted at 1:34 PM, Sep 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-02 08:41:31-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi police say 30-year-old Matthew Watson was arrested earlier Wednesday by Bishop Police Department on unrelated charges.

Detectives added, "With help from the public, Investigators with the Corpus Christi Police Department were able to identify Watson as the suspect related to the Robbery that occurred on August 31, 2021."

Watson was charged with robbery, theft of a gun, and credit card abuse.

The Corpus Christi Police Department was requesting the public's help to identify a robbery suspect.


Identifying features:

  • White or Hispanic Male
  • About 5′ 10″ tall
  • Weighs about 200 pounds
  • In his late 20's or early 30's
  • Beard and mustache
  • Numerous tattoos
  • Last seen driving a black Ford SUV (possibly a Ford Explorer)

Detectives say the suspect was seen going into a business and casually talking with an employee before he took a purse belonging to a 34-year-old woman and fled. The woman was injured attempting to chase down the suspect as he drove away.

Any information that would help authorities with this case should be reported immediately at 361-886-2840. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or online.

"The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward,"says the CCPD blotter.