LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police have charged a 17-year-old in connection with a purse-snatching in Steele Creek Friday.

Derek Whitmore is charged with common law robbery.

Police say Whitemore robbed a woman as she walked through the parking lot of the Lakemist Apartments.

Witnesses chased Whitmore and helped lead officers to him. He was arrested a few blocks away.

Police say the victim identified Whitmore as the robber and he later confessed to the crime.

Read or Share this story: http://www.wcnc.com/story/news/local/steele-creek/2014/06/25/10380828/