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Calif. mayor arrested after wild-ride purse snatch

October 15, 2010

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SAN GABRIEL, Calif.—A suburban Los Angeles mayor has been arrested after a purse-snatching and a wild ride through streets with a woman clinging to his sport utility vehicle.

San Gabriel police Lt. Ariel Duran says Mayor Albert Y.M. Huang was booked in jail for investigation of felony assault, felony robbery and misdemeanor battery after his arrest early Friday.

Duran says the 35-year-old mayor had been arguing with the woman over money in a parking lot when he took the woman's purse and got into his SUV.

Investigators say the woman was standing on the running board and reaching through the passenger window when Huang sped away, reaching speeds of 45 mph for more than a quarter mile.

The woman's name and her relationship to the mayor weren't released.

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