Mother, daughter track down smash-and-grab robbery suspect

March 30, 2012 3:11:10 PM PDT
A mother tracked down a man who police say smashed the window of her car and stole her purse while she and her 2-year-old daughter were inside.

It happened Thursday in the city's West Town neighborhood near Halsted and Hubbard.

Police say 50-year-old Robert Simmons got in a nearby vehicle and drove away after grabbing the purse. The woman followed in her car until Simmons crashed a few blocks away.

Witnesses helped detain Simmons until police arrived. He is charged with felony vehicular invasion.

Simmons is on parole from a six-year prison sentence for car theft.

The woman and child were not hurt, and her purse was recovered.