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Man accused of assaulting female, stealing her purse

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 SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Police say they have arrested a 58-year-old man for allegedly assaulting a female and stealing her purse.

According to authorities, on Sunday around 1:30 a.m., police received a call from a distraught female. The female told police that she had been assaulted and that her purse had been forcibly taken by the same man who assaulted her.

Upon arrival to the scene, police obtained a description of the man and dispatched other officers to the area to search for him.

Police say they quickly apprehended James Blair, 58, after matching the description given by the victim.

According to police, Blair and the victim were walking together and got into a verbal argument. The argument then became physical and Blair allegedly threw the female to the ground then stole her purse. 

Police say the incident was not a random act and that both parties have known each other.

Blair is charged with robbery in the third, assault in the third, resisting arrest, and aggravated criminal contempt.

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