Man tries to steal woman's purse in Westgate Mall parking lot

Police have a man in custody after they say he attempted to take the purse from a woman in the mall parking lot.

34-year-old Celedonio Doroteo Garcia, Jr., was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and charged with Robbery.

Police said two women were walking through the parking lot of Westgate Mall at about 2:10 Tuesday afternoon. The women were headed into Dillard's when a mane tried to steal one of their purses, police said.

According to a news release, the ladies said a green Ford Taurus stopped near them and a large Hispanic male came running toward them. The man tried to take the purse from one of the women and ended up knocking her down to the ground.

Police said the woman struggled with the man and he eventually gave up. A witness saw what happened and started to follow the suspect's vehicle.

Amarillo Police caught up to the vehicle near Interstate 40 and Georgia. The man was taken back to the mall where he was positively identified by the victim and a witness.