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Port Arthur man arrested for attacking elderly woman in HEB parking lot
Port Arthur police have charged a suspect with robbing an elderly woman at a market.
They're trying to determine if he may be linked to a similar crime in Groves.
Late this afternoon, Port Arthur police got an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Jose Buendia of Port Arthur.
They brought him to the police department before driving him to jail.
Investigators accuse him of hitting a 63-year-old woman in the face with his fist last Saturday evening at the HEB store on Gulfway Drive.
The woman told investigators a man struck her while she was walking toward her car and took her purse.
The man ran away. Two witnesses chased the suspect, grabbed him and got back her purse, but the attacker managed to get away.
Police say they developed evidence and spoke with witnesses that led to today's arrest.
Judge has set bond at $100,000. Police say Buendia claims he belongs to a gang known as the Five Deuce Hoover gang.