Rochester man arrested after dance-floor theft from purse

December 18, 2018

A Rochester man was arrested early Sunday after allegedly taking items from a woman’s purse at a downtown restaurant/bar.

Letrell Pierre Brewer, 35, no permanent address, may face felony charges of simple robbery and theft from a person, said Rochester Police Capt. Casey Moilanen.

The victim, a 22-year-old woman, told police she was on the dance floor at Dooley’s Pub, 255 First Ave. SW, at about 1:10 a.m. and had her purse strapped to her shoulder. She felt a tug on the purse and turned to see Brewer allegedly taking her phone and other items from the purse. When she confronted him, he handed her house key back then he ran outside with the victim and her friend in pursuit, Moilanen said.

Police on patrol in the area quickly apprehended Brewer and took him to jail.

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