ST. GEORGE – Around 3:15 p.m., Sunday, a man asking for money in the Smith’s Food and Drug parking lot yanked cash out of a woman’s hand as she was trying to give him money.
After allegedly stealing over $70 out of St. George resident Helen Ringwood’s hand, the man took off on foot around the corner of the Smith’s building and continued east on Tabernacle Street, witnesses said.
While putting groceries in their car, Helen and George Ringwood noticed the suspect approaching their car. The man asked them if they would give him some money, George Ringwood said.
“He was trying to get money to get back home,” George Ringwood said, “he was trembling and almost in tears.”
Since George Ringwood only had $1 in cash, he reportedly gave the suspect a dollar and asked his wife if she had any more money to spare. When Helen Ringwood pulled some cash out of her fanny pack the suspect grabbed it out of her hands and ran, George Ringeood said.
St. George Police identified the suspect as Jordan Elkins, of California. He was apprehended not far from Smith’s, St. George Police Sgt. Rich Tripplet said. Elkins has been arrested and charged with robbery.
Ed. note: Persons charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
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