The 17-year-old suspect accused of injuring a mother and her daughter in downtown Tyler during an attempted purse snatching incident has been indicted on robbery charges in the latest session of the Smith County Grand Jury.

Keith Whittington faces a first degree felony charge of aggravated robbery and a second degree felony charge of robbery, according to the grand jury agenda released Tuesday by the Smith County District Attorney's Office.

Whittington was arrested by the Tyler Police Department on April 23 when bystanders chased him down after he and a juvenile accomplice tried to grab a purse from the mother and daughter, injuring the mother when both women fell to the pavement during a struggle. 

The mother and her daughter were waiting to cross the street in the 100 block of East Erwin with Whittington and the juvenile. 

Several people chased down Whittington and the other suspect and brought them back to the scene of the crime. Whittington fled again, but was caught later by police officers.

Whittington was being held in the Smith County jail on bonds totaling $500,000, according to the list of indictments. 

The agenda shows the Smith County Grand Jury handed up indictments for Whittington and 40 others on 56 felony charges.

Crime and Breaking News Reporter

I started working at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in June 2016. I am a retired U.S. Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant. After a 21-year military career, in Security Forces, the military police of the Air Force, I went back to college and studied journalism.

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