Man arrested for La Porte purse snatching

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LA PORTE, Texas - A man already in custody for an unrelated offense is now facing charges for allegedly stealing a woman's purse.

La Porte police said on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 25, a woman was walking to her car after leaving a bar on Main Street when she was approached by a stranger.

Officials said the man stole the woman's purse and then took off.

Police responded to the scene and searched the area, but officers were not able to locate him.

During their investigation, La Porte police identified the man as Tracy Giamalva, of Plantersville, Texas.

Giamalva was staying with a friend in La Porte when the crime occurred, according to police.

Officials say an arrest warrant was then issued for Giamalva.

On Monday, La Porte police say they discovered that Giamalva was stopped in Friendswood on Friday for an unrelated traffic offense. He is in the Harris County Jail.

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