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Teens charged in Hobart purse-snatching

Updated: January 21, 2013 3:55PM



Two teens have been charged in Lake Superior Court with robbery resulting in bodily injury in a purse snatching outside a Hobart restaurant.

Joel William Bogdan, 19, of the 2300 block of Swanson Road, Portage, and Kelly Rushing Jr., 18, of the 100 block of Beverly Lane, Hobart, are accused in a Dec. 11 robbery in which a 71-year-old woman was knocked down and her purse stolen as she walked out of Lake Park Restaurant, 7 E. Old Ridge Road.

The woman told police she was hospitalized with severe chest pains and bad bruising when she fell on the asphalt.

Five days after the robbery, a similar attempted purse snatching-robbery occurred at the gas station directly across the street from the restaurant where the perpetrator was identified as a 13-year-old girl.

In a statement, the girl implicated Rushing and Bogdan.

Police found the woman’s purse with her identification inside Rushing’s garbage. Inside her purse was a form for Bogdan.



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