High-Speed Chase Leads Police To Suspected Robber
By TIM MONZINGO
A suspected purse snatcher was believed to be in custody Tuesday evening after leading some concerned residents on a high-speed chase.
Sabah Snoubar said she saw a suspicious man running away from her car parked in the driveway at her parents' house in Lindale. When she checked, she said she realized her purse and wallet were missing.
"She came back in the house saying 'someone stole my purse,'" her brother, Hassan Snoubar, said at the scene.
That's when Snoubar and his sister jumped into his car and drove after the suspect's vehicle, he said.
The car that Ms. Snoubar saw the burglar jump into was parked on the side of Farm-to-Market Road 849, he said. He parked his car and approached the suspect's car, which backed up and took off.
"I thought he had a gun," he said. "That's why I didn't get too close to him."
Snoubar jumped in his car, an Infiniti SUV, and pursued the vehicle.
At times, he said, the drivers reached speeds in excess of 100 mph during the pursuit. From the SUV, Ms. Snoubar called the police.
The chase continued down Texas Highway 110 south until the cars turned on to County Road 427, also known as Lake Park Drive, where it ended when the suspect's car apparently became stuck coming out of a steep curve. Smith County Sheriff's deputies joined the chase around 4:30 p.m., according to dispatchers with the department.
The sheriff's office said information regarding the incident was forwarded to the Lindale Police Department, Sgt. Toby Hughes said at the scene.
Lindale police officials could not be reached for comment before press time.
Snoubar said he was relieved when authorities got involved in the incident.
"The police were in the right place at the right time," he said. "I'm so glad they got him."
In the end, he and Ms. Snoubar were glad to have their possessions back. Both offered a piece of advice to the public.
"Just keep the car locked," Snoubar said.
Sarah Oden, whose house was near where the suspect's car wrecked, was called to the scene by officials as well.
Ms. Oden said some of her property was stolen from a truck at the residence.