Convicted: purse snatcher who maced three Samaritans in shopping center


Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on Monday, a Yolo County jury found 29-year old Thomas Jones IV guilty of robbing an elderly woman in a West Sacramento parking lot and using a can of mace on three bystanders who had attempted to intervene.

According to the D.A.’s office:

In the afternoon of October 27, the elderly, disabled victim went to the Little Ceasars Pizza near the corner of West Capitol Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard.  Jones rode his bicycle up to the victim from behind and took her purse.  The commotion and the victim’s screams for help brought three employees out of a nearby business. they chased Jones as he tried to escape with the purse.

The employees chased Jones across West Capitol Avenue and cornered him in a loading dock.  When the employees attempted to detain Jones, he used a large can of pepper spray on them.  Jones escaped again, but was found minutes later in an empty parking lot with the victim’s purse.

[adrotate group=”7″]   The jury convicted Jones after a day of deliberation.

“Thomas Jones chose his victim because she was vulnerable,” commented Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens, in a press release.  In the same release, District Attorney Jeff Reisig praised the efforts of the good Samaritans:  “The courage these three men showed was extraordinary.  They went above and beyond.”

Jones is scheduled to be sentenced on March 15 by Judge Janet Gaard of the Yolo County Superior Court.

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