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Two arrested for purse snatching on FSW campus

Posted at 8:47 AM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 08:47:47-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Two Southwest Florida teens have been charged with Robbery by Sudden Snatching after an incident on the campus of Florida Southwestern State College Sunday.

19-year-old Nabbacus Watkins and a 17-year-old cohort were arrested Monday night after detectives and witnesses identified them as the suspects.

According to Fort Myers Police, the female victim was getting out of her car on campus around 7:30pm when she was approached by the teens, who asked to use her phone.  The victim directed the teens to a phone in the lobby and began walking away.  That's when one of them reportedly grabbed her purse, shoved her to the ground, and punched her before fleeing in a black Mazda.

Hours later, residents in a McGregor Boulevard neighborhood reported that four young men were going from house to house, knocking on doors and asking for help getting their car out of a ditch.  As it turns out, that particular vehicle had been stolen in Lee County Saturday night.

Further investigation discovered that two of the young men going door to door fit the descriptions of the two men who robbed the female at the FSW State campus.  Those men turned out to be Watkins and the 17-year-old.

The 17-year-old was booked and released overnight.  Watkins is currently being held without bond.