Gonzales Police nab purse snatching suspect

Staff reports
Brandon Donaldson

Gonzales police arrested Wednesday a Whitehall man suspected of a purse snatching at a store Jan. 25.

Brandon Scott Donaldson, 22, admitted to the theft, according to Gonzales Police Sgt. Steven Nethken.

Donaldson said he stole the purse because he had been out of work for a long time, Nethken said.

The incident was captured on video surveillance at the K-Mart store on Airline Highway in Gonzales. Nethken said Donaldson can be seen stealing a purse from a shopping cart being pushed by the victim.

The victim and several other individuals chased Donaldson as he exited from the store with the purse, Nethken said.

A customer who happened to be in her vehicle at the time attempted to block the suspect into his parking space as he entered the vehicle he was driving, Nethken added.

Donaldson was able to escape the scene, but witnesses noted his license plate information.

Witnesses identified Donaldson in a line-up, and he was arrested at his home with assistance from Livingston Parish Sheriff’s detectives.

Donaldson was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.