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Couple also charged in Asheville purse snatchings

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ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Asheville police said they have filed charges against an Upstate couple in connection with purse snatchings that happened Friday.

Claude Turnage, 27, of Taylors, and Melissa Colon, 32, of Marietta, were arrested Friday in connection with a series of purse snatchings in the Upstate of South Carolina.

The arrest came after a three-hour manhunt in Newberry County after a woman said Turnage stole her purse at knifepoint at a rest area on Interstate 385 Friday night.

Police said they found multiple purses in the car. They said those purses had been stolen during the past week across the Upstate and western North Carolina.

On Wednesday, Asheville police said that Turnage and Colon were charged in connection with three purse snatchings that happened within about a five-hour timeframe Friday.

Police said the first robbery happened outside a Walmart store on Bleachery Road, the second happened outside a Walmart store on Hendersonville Road and the third happened outside a Ross store on Airport Road.

In connection with the Asheville purse snatchings, Turnage was charged with three counts of common law robbery, and Colon was charged with three counts of aiding and abetting common law robbery.

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