REPORT: Group Targets Woman, Snatches Backpack, Flees
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A group of two women and a man allegedly targeted a young woman on Tri-Rail in Boca Raton, approaching her then snatching her Kate Spade bag. The thieves then fled when the train pulled into the station at Yamato Road.
Boca Raton Police promptly caught suspect Javon Fields who, according to a police report obtained by BocaNewsNow.com, admitted to the scheme and was jailed on a “robbery by sudden snatching” charge.
Here is the narrative from the lead Boca Raton officer who responded to the scene:
”On 06/30/2021 at approximately 2119 hours, I was dispatched to 600 W Yamato RD in reference to a Robbery. Based on my investigation, the defendant, Javon Fields committed the violation of robbery and did unlawfully take from the person or custody of [victim’s], Kate Spade backpack that had a value of $ 300.00 with the intent to permanently deprive her of a right to her property or a benefit thereof.”
“The victim advised while she was on the Tri Rail (Train # 649) she was sitting on the first floor at which time the train came to a stop and she observed the four subjects walk towards her, She continued to advise that one of the subjects later identified as [redacted] had taken the backpack from her lap once the train had come to a stop and ran off of the train once the doors opened with the other three subjects. While canvassing the area Javon Fields was located at 4950 Technology Way and detained at which time, he advised Post-Miranda “that he was and his to other friends later identified as [redacted] and [redacted] on the Tri Rail train.”
“He continued to advise that while on the train it had been discussed amongst them that they were going to take somebody`s property and run off the train once it came to a stop. He continued to advise that [redacted] grabbed the backpack and once they got off the train it was given to him and he began to run with the backpack. He then advised that he threw the backpack because he was afraid of getting caught with it.”
“A witness that was on the train was able to verify via a show-up that the above listed defendant took part in this incident. The defendant was placed under arrest for Robbery by sudden snatching FSS 812.131.”
Javon Fields, 20, of West Palm Beach, was charged with “robbery by sudden snatching” and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday. He was later released to the custody of a family member.
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