Citizens Halt Man Who Allegedly Snatched Purse From Cart At Target

Police responded to the scene at the parking lot around 4:18 p.m. Thursday.

Middletown Police arrested a township man who allegedly grabbed a woman's purse from a shopping cart in the Target parking lot and tried to take off.

He didn't get far, because the woman gave chase and two citizens assisted by halting the alleged robber until police arrived on the scene.

Paul Welch, 34 of Chapman Terrace was charged with theft and refusing arrest by pulling his arms away from officers trying to cuff him.

He was also charged with child endangerment for leaving a child with autism, legally in his care, in a locked non-running vehicle for two hours in 33 degree weather.

According to the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, he has also been charged with offenses related to drug and drug paraphernalia possession, and intent to distribute drugs.

Welch is being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility on $72,500 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

NJarhead December 11, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Merry Christmas in jail, loser.
Thenews December 11, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Cmon Jarhead dont be mean. I am sure some idiot will be on here in a little bit saying what a nice guy he is and how he is a great father....
vicki December 11, 2012 at 09:56 PM
Omg wasn't there enough damage done by Sandy' stop stealing from your neighbors,get off your ass &get a job,I feel so bad for your inocent child ,your either a real creep, or real desperate,either way stealing is not the answer!
Good Neighbor December 12, 2012 at 03:39 AM
isn't target hiring?
NJarhead December 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Hahaha. Yea, no doubt.


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