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Ubud Police Arrest Purse Snatcher

Police Hope Arrest Will End Spate of Street Muggings in Downtown Ubud.

(6/6/2009) Police in the arts community of Ubud hope they have put to an end to a recent spate of purse snatchings with the arrest of Wednesday, June 6, 2009, of a 28-year-old man.

Police apprehended Setyo while he was eating at a roadside stand in the Penestanan area of Ubud following a surveillance operation that focused on the man as the assailant in a series of drive-by purse snatchings.

According to beritabali.com, the young man, who hails from Java, initially offered resistance to police in an attempt to evade arrest. Officers quickly subdued the man and brought him to police headquarters in Ubud for further questioning.

A police spokesman in Ubud said the man had committed crimes in a variety of locations in the Ubud area, including Goa Gajah and Tegalalang. Police also reportedly found sums of money and a camera in the man's possession at the time of his arrest and are searching his rooming house in Denpasar for further clues in a series of muggings targeted at female tourists in Ubud.