Man accused of purse-snatching that took woman's finger indicted

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Tucker man faces a slew of charges for a string of alleged robberies last year - including a November purse-snatching that pulled off a woman's finger.

Caesare Pinkins, 22, was indicted this week on seven total counts - including robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and related charges - stemming from a crime spree that began Nov. 17, authorities said.

Pinkins has been held without bond at the Gwinnett County Jail since Nov. 21. His arraignment is expected within a month.

Pinkins is charged with aggravated battery for disfiguring a 55-year-old woman's hand when he allegedly snatched her purse Nov. 19 in the parking lot of a Lilburn Kroger. Despite extensive surgeries, doctors could not reattach the woman's finger, police said at the time.

Police said Pinkins grabbed the woman's purse while driving his 1988 Ford Crown Victoria through the parking lot. The purse snared the woman's finger and pulled the digit off as Pinkins drove away.

An officer near the Lilburn Kroger spotted Pinkins' vehicle as he drove away.

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, police said.

But Pinkins' alleged crimes don't end there.

Investigators believe he committed a similar robbery Nov. 19 at a Stone Mountain Target at 2055 W. Park Place.

According to an indictment released Thursday, Pinkins also snatched a woman's purse on Nov. 17.

The victims in those robberies were not injured.