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Teens admit stealing woman’s purse downtown

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two teenagers are in jail after admitting they mugged a woman and stole her purse last night.

The Wilmington Police Department says officers and New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies, part of the Downtown Taskforce, responded to a robbery report at S. 3rd Street and Orange Street just after 10 p.m.

The victim had beaten and her purse was stolen by two young men, who ran away toward South 2nd Street down Orange Street.

The Downtown Taskforce and Wilmington Police set up a perimeter and called in K9 for a track. During the search, a resident in the area of South 2nd Street and Ann Street ran outside and told deputies there were two young men in her backyard trying to get into her house.

Police chased and caught the suspects, who confessed. Officers later found the victim’s stolen purse.

Sean Ray McMahan, 17, and Markyes Deshaun Jones, 18, were charged with common law robbery, attempted common law robbery, and hinder/delay/obstruct a law enforcement officer. He is at the NHCSO Jail on a $100,000.00 bond. They are each in jail under $100,000 bond.

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