T Police Arrest Pair In Subway Purse Snatching

BOSTON --

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police said they arrested a man and a woman after an attempted purse snatching on the Blue Line late Thursday night.

The man, identified on a transit police report as Sean Snellman, 32, of Watertown, was charged with unarmed robbery and possession of a dangerous weapon, a knife. Police said he also had a bag containing 15 hypodermic needles.

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The woman, identified as Britney Grisnolia, 20, was also charged with helping Snellman and having a knife.

Officers said the pair was loitering around the Maverick Station about 11:30 p.m. when a female passenger approached carrying two handbags, according to the police report.

MBTA inspector Ira Lawrence caught and held Snellman down until police arrived.

Snellman ran by the passenger, snatching her bags, according to police. He tried to flee, but fell, police said, and an MBTA employee, identified as inspector Ira Lawrence, caught him and held him down.

Grisnolia also tried to flee but another passenger prevented her from leaving, according to a transit police report.

In court, Snellman was held on the $5,000 bail, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney. Grisnolia was released on her own recognizance. Both were ordered to stay out of East Boston while their cases are active and both were scheduled to return to court next month.

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