- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) - A 29-year-old man accused of grabbing purses from two women in their 70s - and knocking one of them to the ground - outside a Tacoma-area library has pleaded not guilty.

The News Tribune reports (https://is.gd/WftaLe ) that Adam Bassett is charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree theft. He entered his plea Thursday in the offenses at the Gig Harbor Library. Bail was set at $200,000.

In court documents, prosecutors allege the man stole a 78-year-old woman’s purse and knocked her to the ground Wednesday outside the library. She was treated at a hospital for head and arm injuries.

A witness snapped a photo of the van used by the robber.

A 76-year-old woman had her purse snatched on Aug. 23 outside the library.

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Information from: The News Tribune, https://www.thenewstribune.com

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