Second suspect in McDonald’s purse snatching is behind bars

OKEECHOBEE — The second suspect in the Dec. 6 purse snatching which left an elderly woman hospitalized after being hit by a car is now behind bars. Christina Alexis Stankiewicz AKA Stratton, 45, of Loxahatchee, was arrested by OCSO Deputy Ben Vuleta on Jan. 10. She was charged with grand theft, robbery by sudden snatching without a firearm or weapon and with aggravated battery.

Christina Alexis Stankiewicz AKA Stratton, 45, of Loxahatchee

On the evening of Dec. 6, 2018, an elderly woman was sitting in a booth at McDonald’s with a friend when a man came up behind her, reached over her booth and snatched her purse.

Video surveillance from McDonald’s shows the woman chasing him out of the restaurant and reaching him as he gets to his car. She yanked his car door open and tried to get her purse back, but he backed out leaving his car door open and struck her with the door. The door knocked her to the ground, and in the video, she does not get up again. Stankiewiecz was allegedly in the passenger seat of the car at the time this occurred. Stankiewicz’ husband, Charles Alton Stratton Jr., was arrested on Dec. 8 after turning himself in.

The victim spent several days in the hospital before being released. No bond has been set for Stankiewicz.

Cathy Womble is a staff writer for the Lake Okeechobee News.

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