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Man arrested in string of Columbia purse-snatchings

Howard County Police have arrested a Baltimore County man in connection with a string of purse-snatching robberies in Columbia during June and July.

In each case, police said the assailant stole a woman's purse, assaulted her and ran away.

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Andrew Deangelo Blackstone, 23, of the 2900 block of Charleston Avenue in Lansdowne, has been charged with armed robbery, assault and other charges in connection with four incidents that occurred near the 10400 block of Swift Stream Place between June 6 and July 18.

Police said the first incident occurred at 9:30 a.m. on June 6 on the top level of a parking garage located at 10300 Swift Stream Place.

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Police said the victim said she was placing her purse in the trunk of her car when she was pushed from behind. Police said the assailant took the woman's purse, containing an iPhone, iPad and wallet, and fled.

Approximately a month later, on the morning of July 3, police said, a woman was on the top level of a parking garage, located in the 10400 block of Swift Stream Place, when a man with a knife pulled her out of the car and stole her purse out of the back seat.

Police said the man fled with the purse, which contained an iPhone.

Six days later, at 8:10 p.m. on July 9, police said a woman told them she was in the hallway of an apartment building, located in the 10400 block of Swift Stream Place, when a man grabbed her by the neck and forced her to the ground.

The woman said the man kicked her in the back and legs, and made off with her purse, police said. Police said the purse contained an iPhone, wallet, passport and other personal cards.

On July 18 around 7:30 a.m., police said a woman's purse was forcibly stolen from her while she was walking through a parking lot in the 10400 block of Swift Stream place.

Police said Blackstone, who frequently stayed with a friend on Swift Stream Place, is currently being held on $500,000 bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

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