Man Accused of Trying to Steal Purse, Knocking Victim to Ground

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    Bristol Police
    Richard Labouliere is accused of trying to steal a woman's purse and knocking her to the ground in the process.

    Bristol police have arrested a local man who is accused of trying to steal a 57-year-old woman’s purse and knocking her to the ground in the process.

    The victim was walking on Gridley Street at 10:50 p.m. on Thursday when a man attempted to pull her handbag from her, police said. The woman was knocked to the ground and sustained minor injuries.

    The victim screamed, but kept grip of the handbag and the assailant ran off, police said. 

    The victim’s husband, who was on his way to meet his wife, shouted at the suspect as he fled.

    A police officer was able to detain the man at Gridley and West streets and the victim and her husband identified him as the person who tried to steal the purse.

    Police identified the suspect as Richard Labouliere, 29, of Bristol. 

    He was charged with criminal attempt at robbery in the third degree, criminal attempt at larceny second degree, assault in the third degree, breach of peace in the second degree, illegal possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Labouliere was held on a $50,000 surety and is due on Monday at the Superior Court in Bristol.