LILBURN - Despite extensive surgeries, doctors were unable to reattach a woman's finger that was pulled off by a purse-snatching thief, police said Thursday.
A 55-year-old woman, whose name was not released, was robbed Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of a Kroger at 3050 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lilburn.
A man who was later identified as Caesare Ratheal Pinkins, 21, of Tucker grabbed the woman's purse while driving his 1988 Ford Crown Victoria through the parking lot, police said.
The purse snared the woman's finger and pulled the digit off as Pinkins drove away. The victim was sent to a Gwinnett hospital for treatment.
"(Doctors) were not able to reattach her finger," said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman. "She was in surgery all of (Wednesday) night."
Spellman was unsure of the woman's condition Thursday.
An officer near the Lilburn Kroger spotted Pinkins' vehicle as he drove away, Spellman said.
The suspect ditched his vehicle behind a home on Satyre Court, then entered a home before police arrested him moments later as he fled on foot, Spellman said.
Pinkins was arrested and charged with two counts of robbery by sudden snatch, aggravated battery and burglary for entering the Satyre Court home.
He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.
But Pinkins' troubles don't end there.
Investigators believe he committed a similar robbery Nov. 19 at a Stone Mountain Target at 2055 W. Park Place.
"The suspect in that case also drove up close to the victim while remaining in the vehicle and snatched the victim's purse," Spellman said. "The suspect (and) vehicle descriptions appear to match in both cases."
The victim in the first robbery case was not injured, Spellman said.