Suspect Tied to Another Purse Snatching

Knoxville (WVLT) - A suspected purse snatcher, arrested last week, after a chase with local authorities is now facing more charges.

Forty-nine-year-old Richard Raiford is now charged in connection with two purse snatchings.

Authorities say on July 9th, Raiford approached on woman standing next to her car in font of the Auto Zone on Broadway.

The victim told police Raiford reached out of the driver's side window of a Chevy pick-up and grabbed her purse.

She says she let go of the purse when the strap broke.

The next day, authorities say Raiford stole a 72-year-old woman's purse at the Powell Food City.

And last Thursday, police say he led them on a nearly hour long chase across Cocke and Jefferson counties.

Raiford is behind bars and now faces several charges including theft, aggravated assault, and DUI.