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.

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