UNION, NJ – A woman was punched in the head and had her purse stolen as she walked on Liberty Avenue Wednesday morning, said Union police.
Union police received multiple calls about a street robbery on Liberty Avenue on Wednesday morning at about 9:25. Police say the suspect was described by the victim as a black male, who was last seen running from Liberty Avenue onto Carlton Terrace.
According to police, Union officers responded to the scene within a minute and began to check backyards in the area. Officers saw the man and chased him over fences into other yards where he was ultimately captured. Additional Union officers and the Union County Sheriff’s K-9 unit assisted with the foot pursuit.
When apprehended, the suspect did not possess the victim’s purse. Police said the victim was able to identify the suspect. Police arrested the man and located his car parked on Carlton Terr. The car was towed from the scene.
The man was identified as Samuel Frazier, 41, of Vauxhall. He was charged with robbery. Police say Frazier also fits the description of a suspect who perpetrated the same type of robbery on Sunday, Aug. 12, on Burlington Avenue. In that crime, he punched a woman in the face and broke her jaw. Union police are following up on that crime.
According to police, a canvass of the neighborhood with the help of the Sheriff’s K-9 found the victim’s purse in a rear yard on Carlton Terr. The purse was returned to the victim.