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Man charged in local
purse-snatching ordeal

by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

A suspect fleeing the scene of an alleged purse-snatching narrowly missed running over a 72-year-old woman in the McDonald's parking lot in Platte City on Thursday afternoon.

The Platte County Prosecutor's Office charged Javan Clayton of Kansas City, Kan., 21 years old, with second degree robbery and resisting arrest causing a substantial risk of injury or death to another person.

Det. Al DeValkenaere with the Platte City Police Department said at approximately 2 p.m. an elderly woman from Kimberling City, which is near Branson, left her purse at the table with her husband.

As she approached the McDonald's counter to order another item, a man who was accompanied by another male, 18 years old, and a minor, 16 years old, allegedly grabbed her purse and ran out of the store.

The victim and her husband ran outside in an effort to recover the purse. The victim got caught between the passenger door of the suspect's vehicle and another vehicle. She was struck by the car door as the suspect reversed from the parking spot and fled the scene.

Officer Michael Reilly with the Platte City Police Department observed the vehicle heading westbound near the 500 block of 92 Highway. The driver, who is also the alleged purse snatcher, ran the red light at the intersection of 4th and 92 Highway.

Officer Reilly give chase until the engine of the suspect's vehicle locked up near Hwy. 273 and I-29.

All three suspects were taken into custody.

The victim sustained severe lacerations to her foot, knee, and elbow. After being treated for her injuries she was released from the hospital.

Clayton remains in custody in the Platte County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Last month, Clayton was charged in Jackson County with possessing up to 35 grams of marijuana, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and operating a motor vehicle on a highway without a valid driver's license.