Syracuse woman arrested for snatching purse in strong arm robbery

The Syracuse Police arrested 29-year-old Oriel Williams, of Syracuse, for robbery.

Police say that they responded to the 500 block of Butternut Street at about 3:40 p.m. on Monday afternoon, due to the report of a strong arm robbery.

After arriving at the scene, officers located a 23-year-old female victim who told them that she had been robbed just minutes earlier in the parking lot of Butternut Plaza.

According to police, the victim told them that an SUV pulled up alongside her in the parking lot and a black female passenger got out and attempted to snatch the victimâ??s purse. While the victim and suspect struggled over the purse, the suspect got back into the SUV. When the vehicle pulled away, the victim lost control of the purse.

After getting a description of the suspect, police began checking the area for the suspect and/or the SUV. Just a short time later, police saw a black woman walking on Catherine Street near East Willow Street that matched the description of the suspect. The woman was identified as Oriel Williams and police say an investigation revealed that she was the suspect.

Williams was sent to the Justice Center and is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday in Syracuse City Criminal Court.

Some of the proceeds from the robbery were recovered by Syracuse Police. The victim got minor medical treatment at the scene.