Purse Snatching Suspect Appears in Court

Knoxville (WVLT) - A local man charged in two purse snatchings will next appear in court on August 10th.

Monday, 49-year-old Richard Raiford appeared in a Knox County court.

He's charged with stealing 72-year-old Mary Frazier's purse from a Powell Food City, and also with snatching a woman's purse at an Auto Zone on Broadway earlier this month.

Raiford was taken into custody after leading police on a nearly hour long chase through Cocke and Jefferson Counties.

Raiford is charged with theft, aggravated assault, and drunk driving.