DULUTH - A Duluth man is under arrest after he called police on a cell phone from a purse he had just allegedly snatched.

Police arrested the 29-year-old man on Wednesday. They say he approached a woman at a pool hall shortly after midnight and asked for a cigarette, then grabbed her purse as she was opening it and ran off.

Less than 90 minutes later, the suspect called police on the woman's cell phone to say he had been jumped. Police Sgt. Don Boso says it appeared to the arresting officer that the man was intoxicated and simply wanted a ride home.

The woman identified the suspect as the person who stole her purse.

The man is facing theft charges in St. Louis County.

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