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Titusville man injures woman while snatching her purse, police say

Christopher Braun, 25, faces numerous charges

Christopher Braun (image courtesy of the Titusville Police Department)
Christopher Braun (image courtesy of the Titusville Police Department) (Titusville Police Department)

TITUSVILLE, Fla. – Officers captured a man they said stole a purse from a woman at a Winn-Dixie Saturday morning and injured her, according to News 6 partner Florida Today.

The crime took place outside the grocery store in the 1500 block of Harrison Street in Titusville shortly after 9 a.m. Officers said Christopher Lynn Braun, 25, of Titusville, approached the woman in the parking lot, grabbed her purse and fled in a vehicle.

Police gained a description of Braun's vehicle and located it within minutes traveling east on Cheney Highway, officers said. Police spokeswoman Amy Matthews said Braun stopped for the officers, who took him into custody without incident, Florida Today reported.

The woman was injured and was being treated at a hospital, Matthews said.

Titusville police said Braun was charged with aggravated battery against a person 65 years old or older, robbery by sudden snatching, violation of felony probation, destruction of evidence, petty theft, and driving while license suspended without knowledge.

Braun was being held at the Brevard County Detention Center without bail. He had been on probation for convictions in April for burglary, grand theft and leaving the scene of a crash without serious bodily injury.