A Port Byron woman has been arrested in connection with a purse snatching that occurred Wednesday in the parking lot of the Genesis Medical Health Complex in Moline.

Julie Marie Calderon, 51, is charged with one count of robbery and two counts of aggravated battery.

She was being held Thursday in the Rock Island County Jail on $50,000 bond.

Moline Police Detective Scott Williams said a tip to Crime Stoppers of the Quad-Cities led to Calderon’s arrest.

Williams said that at 2:11 p.m. a woman leaving the Genesis Medical complex, located at 3900 28th Ave., was followed by another woman.

When the victim reached her vehicle, the other woman, now identified as Calderon, ripped the victim’s purse from her hands. A struggle ensued with the victim suffering injuries, Williams said.

Calderon was able to flee with the purse.

Robbery is a Class 2 felony under Illinois law that carries a prison sentence of three to seven years. Aggravated battery also is a Class 2 felony, but this charge could be enhanced to a more serious level of felony if the Rock Island State’s Attorney’s Office determines the crime meets the legal requirements for enhancement.

Calderon’s criminal history includes a conviction in 2008 of aggravated identity theft, as well as a 2006 conviction of forgery and a conviction for drug possession in 2005. Each of those cases were prosecuted in Rock Island County.

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