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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 03/ 8/2011

Arrest in violent Suitland robbery

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

Prince George's County police on Monday arrested the man suspected of violently snatching a purse from a 71-year-old woman, causing her to fall and break her kneecap at a Suitland cigarette shop, authorities said.

A District III community police officer on routine patrol spotted 32-year-old Jonah Salih-Khalil Iman about a mile from the Cigarette Discount store in the 5700 block of Silver Hill Road -- where the crime occurred on Feb. 25, said Maj. George Nader, commander of the District III station.


Jonah Salih-Khalil Iman. (Pr. George's Police)

Nader said the officer recognized Iman from photographs the department had distributed and took him into custody without incident.

Iman tried to shield his face when he saw the officer but did not run, Nader said.

Nader said that closing the case was particularly important to District III detectives because of "the victim's age, the violence involved and then the fact that this occurred in broad daylight."

Police had said previously that Iman entered the Cigarette Discount store just before 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 25 posing as a customer and grabbed the victim's purse, which was slung over her shoulder.

The woman fell, breaking her kneecap and finger and bruising her ribs, police had said. Nader said the injuries were so severe the woman had to be hospitalized for a few days. "It was pretty violent," he said.

Nader said tips from Suitland residents -- along with witnesses and video surveillance footage -- helped detectives connect Iman to the purse snatching. He said detectives are exploring whether Iman, of Suitland, might be responsible for similar crimes in the area, and he urged residents with information to come forward as they did in this case.

"It wouldn't have been possible without the help of the community," Nader said of the arrest.

By Matt Zapotosky  | March 8, 2011; 1:45 PM ET
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Comments

Clowns like this are nothing but parasites to society. Parasites should be exterminated.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | March 8, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Once convicted, he should be immediatly hauled outside, put up against a wall, and shot. Savages deserve NO mercy. Kill this animal subhuman.

Posted by: Trout1 | March 8, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

What a parasite! I hope he gets "robbed" in jail with no mercy!

Posted by: lilahkelly | March 8, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

What a parasite! I hope he gets "robbed" in jail with no mercy!

Posted by: lilahkelly | March 8, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER one of my cousins up to no good!

You know he was valedictorian of his high school graduating class. Read Proust in French. Rhodes Scholar.

Tough guys go after old ladies.

Let's hear it for the community! Pleasant surprise. Start snitchin'!

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 8, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

WHAT WOULD THE PROPHET, PEACE BE UPON HIM, SAY?

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 8, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Nobody get caught the first time. He's done this before, obviously.

Posted by: localgoober | March 8, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

He's not only vicious, violent and stupid, he's also ugly. Well it's pleasant surprise that tips led to his arrest. Because typically in those neighborhoods they go by the mantra of "snitches get stiches."

Posted by: jab00 | March 9, 2011 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Now he's somebody that when he gets in jail that needs some "steel" pushed up in and the handle broken off.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | March 9, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

firing squad...

Posted by: 10bestfan | March 9, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The snitches snitched because nobody would back a pathetic coward...

Posted by: JustSaying1945 | March 9, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Keep cooperating with the police. You may need their help some day when one of your neighborhood "bruthas" beats you up, steals from you or rapes you.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 9, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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