Police seeking transvestite purse-snatcher

Jan. 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM
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NORCROSS, Ga., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Police say they are looking for a transvestite man who allegedly stole a woman's purse in Norcross, Ga.

Gwinnett County police said the man has since been identified as Serafin Gutierrez-Carvajal, 33, and is wanted on charges of sudden snatching and possession of cocaine, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday.

Gutierrez-Carvajal, who goes by the name "Sarah," allegedly accosted a woman Dec. 20 as she was walking toward her vehicle outside a supermarket in Norcross.

Police said he pushed her, took her purse off her shoulder and fled on foot.

The woman told authorities she recognized the robber as a neighbor she knew as "Sarah."

During a search of Gutierrez-Carvajal's residence, officers found several small bags of cocaine and arrested two of his roommates, Franciso Javier Velasco-Bautista, 32, and Claudia Gomez-Perez, 32.

Both are being held at the Gwinnett County jail on suspicion of immigration violations.

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