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Two suspects were arrested Tuesday and charged with an attempted purse snatching in downtown Tyler.

Tyler police were called at 6:14 p.m. to the downtown square in reference to a report of an attempted purse snatching, according to a news release.

A mother and daughter were waiting to cross the street in the 100 block of East Erwin along with two white males, one adult and one juvenile, who were standing next to them, police said.

As they started to cross the street the suspects tried to grab a purse from the mother and daughter, injuring the mother as both women fell to the pavement in the struggle, according to police

The suspects fled empty-handed but several people in the area gave chase and caught both, police said. They were brought back to the scene where the adult suspect fled again and was later captured by police officers. EMS responded to the scene and took the mother to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The juvenile, 16, was charged with robbery and Keith Whittington, 17, was charged with aggravated robbery and evading arrest, according to police.

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