JPD: Man arrested after stealing woman's wallet in hospital parking lot

JPD: Man arrested after stealing woman's wallet in hospital parking lot
Alonzo Garcia (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man cited a litany of ailments, including heart trouble, to a judge Monday to try and reduce his bond. But, police say those physical problems did not prevent him from snatching a woman's purse in broad daylight and running away.

Craighead County District Judge Tommy Fowler found probable cause to charge Alonzo Garcia, 35, with felony theft of $1,000 or less-purse snatching and theft of property-credit/debit cards.

According to court documents, Garcia grabbed a woman's wallet Friday as she was walking outside NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital, 4800 E. Johnson.

A Jonesboro police officer who was driving through the parking lot heard a woman scream out "that man just stole her wallet," then observed Garcia running toward the south end of the parking lot with a red wallet in his hand, the affidavit said.

The officer approached Garcia just as he was getting into a white pickup truck.

"At this time Mr. Garcia threw the wallet under the truck," the affidavit said.

Garcia then tried to walk away from the officer, but he was finally taken into custody.

The officer "noted that Mr. Garcia's pupils were very tiny, almost to the point where he could not see them."

The victim told the officer she was walking on the sidewalk when she saw Garcia walking toward her. She said a few moments later "he came from behind her and grabbed the wallet from her hands and took off running."

Police retrieved the wallet from beneath the truck. Inside they found the victim's driver's license, Social Security card, bank credit/debit card, and $430 cash. The officer then arrested Garcia and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.

Detective Josh Wiiest stated that during an interview Garcia admitted to grabbing the woman's wallet and running off with it.

On Monday, after Judge Fowler listed the charges he faces but before he set bond, Garcia told the judge he had several health issues, including heart trouble and heroin addiction for which he claims to receive daily methadone treatments, as reasons to not set his bond too high.

After listening to the lengthy litany, the judge set Garcia's bond at $2,000 cash/surety and told him to appear in circuit court on May 25.

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