Thief Snatches Purse and Finger

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) _ A man was being held in the Gwinnett
County Jail without bond after he was accused of tearing a finger off a woman's hand during a purse snatching.

Caesare R. Pinkins, 21, was charged with multiple felony counts of robbery and aggravated battery.

Gwinnett Police Corporal Illana Spellman said the incident took place about 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the parking lot of a Kroger store in Lilburn, a suburb about 25 miles northeast of Atlanta.

She said Pinkins drove by the victim, swiped the purse and stepped on the gas.

"As the suspect drove away, one of the victim's fingers was pulled off,'' Spellman said.

Attempts by surgeons to reattach the severed finger were unsuccessful.

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