Suspect in purse snatching arrested near Ebenezer Park

adouglas@heraldonline.comJuly 30, 2013 


A Lancaster man accused of snatching a woman’s purse in a Food Lion store parking lot Tuesday afternoon was arrested after Rock Hill Police, the York County Sheriff’s Office and the S.C. Highway Patrol caught him near Ebenezer Park.

Aaron Shawn Khan, 37, is charged with strong-arm robbery and first-degree assault and battery after witnesses told police they saw him approach the woman and her husband from behind and take the woman’s purse after knocking the couple down, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department.

Khan then fled from the Food Lion store lot on Mount Gallant Road in a gold-colored car, and one of the witnesses pursued him, Bollinger said.

A trooper with the state Highway Patrol pulled the witness over and learned of the Food Lion incident, Bollinger said.

Rock Hill Police issued a “be on the lookout” notice for Khan’s car after the robbery.

A York County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted the car parked at the ranger station at Ebenezer Park on Lake Wylie, just outside of Rock Hill.

Khan then ran away from the deputy, and authorities set up a perimeter to find him, said Trent Faris, sheriff’s office spokesman.

Police arrested Khan around 2:30 p.m., Bollinger said.

While in police custody, Khan gave officers multiple names to avoid giving authorities his real identity, Bollinger said.

Bollinger expects that the Highway Patrol will bring driving charges against Khan because Bollinger said Khan hit another car on Mount Gallant Road while fleeing from the Food Lion parking lot.

The couple Khan is accused of robbing and the person in the car that was hit did not suffer significant injuries, he said.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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