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Suspect charged after victim fights to get wallet back

Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 10:23 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014 9:15 a.m. CST

GENEVA – A woman whose purse was pickpocketed pursued the suspect through Geneva Commons, leading to the suspect’s arrest, according to Geneva police reports.

The victim was eating lunch at the Corner Bakery, 1614 Commons Drive on June 3, when she realized her wallet had been slipped out of her purse, which was hanging on the back of her chair, police reports state.

The victim followed the suspect, identified as Jamelia A. Crowder, 38, of the 500 block of South Campbell Avenue, Chicago – yelling all the while to get her wallet back, according to reports.

The victim followed Crowder to Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 1530 Commons Drive, caught up to her and grabbed Crowder’s purse in an effort to get her own wallet back, reports state.

Crowder continued to walk away while other witnesses joined the pursuit, many of them calling police, reports state. Crowder and a companion both got into a car to drive away, but another witness used his vehicle to block them in until police arrived, reports state.

Crowder was charged with felony theft and is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Thursday. Crowder also faces the same charge in St. Charles, where she was a suspect in a Dec. 19, 2013 theft.

In that case, Crowder was accused of stealing a woman’s wallet that contained credit cards, a driver’s license and $100, according to St. Charles police reports and court records.

The Kane County Sheriff’s Office’s online records show Crowder is being held in jail on $60,000 bond.

The two felony charges each have a penalty of two to five years in prison and fines of up to $25,000.

Crowder’s companion, Melvin Enoch, 53, of the 1500 block of North Kedvale Street, Chicago, was charged with possessing five insulin syringes, a bottle cap with heroin residue in it, a shoe string, items considered to be drug paraphernalia for the purpose of injecting heroin, according to the report.

Enoch is scheduled to appear in branch court July 8.

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