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JAMESTOWN – Two women are held in City Jail pending arraignment on charges stemming from a purse snatching about 7 p.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of the Big Lots store, 39 S. Main St., city police reported Wednesday.

Nicole L. Johnson, 27, of Superior Street, and Jenell L. Long, 38, of Plank Road, Mayville, are charged with second-degree robbery and criminal possession of stolen property. Additional charges are pending.

The elderly victim and a store employee told officers they tried unsuccessfully to prevent the purse snatcher from entering a minivan and fleeing. Police said they stopped Johnson and Long in the minivan on South Main Street near Newland Avenue and recovered some of the stolen property.