Wheelchair-bound Ralston man purse theft suspect


Columbus police have arrested a wheelchair-bound Ralston man who is suspected of stealing a woman's purse.

Police say 51-year-old Bernard Pearson approached a 49-year-old woman who was reclining on a couch in the lobby of their downtown apartment building with her brown purse beside her.

They say Pearson took the purse and tried to get away but the woman yelled at him to return the purse and it was recovered.

Pearson got into an elevator and went to his room. He was arrested for robbery a short time later.

Two officers took Pearson to The Medical Center for treatment and police say Pearson insulted one of the officer's weight, cursing and spitting in his face.

Pearson was charged with obstruction of an officer on Saturday and was released from the Muscogee County Jail later that day.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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