2006-04-21 / Community

Waldbaum's Purse Snatch Leads Local To Court

By Howard Schwach

A Rockaway man who thought that he was taking some easy money from a senior citizen earlier this month found himself in Queens Supreme Court after snatching the woman's purse in front of Waldbaum's Supermarket in Rockaway Park.

Marie McGorgray-Rosado had just completed a five-hour food shopping spree when she exited the Waldbaum's at 112-15 Beach Channel Drive at about 6:15 p.m. on April 5 when three men, one of them later identified as Jonathan Booth, 26, of Arverne, approached her and asked her if she wanted help getting the packages to her car.

Rosado, who does not own a car, told the men that she was waiting for a cab.

She says that the men became very aggressive, demanding that she give them money for their assistance.

According to a spokesperson for District Attorney Richard Brown, Rosado put her pocketbook on the ground and began to unload her grocery wagon.

When she turned back, the court papers say, her pocketbook was gone and so were the three men.

Rosado, who lives in Rockaway Beach, went back into the store to call police and tell the manager what had happened.

She says that the manager told her that he has no control over what happens in the parking lot.

Police arrived and took a report, quickly capturing Booth and an unidentified juvenile. The third man has yet to be caught, although police sources say they have leads that they are following. The juvenile will be tried in Family Court.

Rosado says that she later got a call from a resident of 107-10 Shore Front Parkway that her wallet, minus $300 in cash, a Citibank teller's check for $100, her credit cards and her glasses, had been found in that building.

Booth is due back in court on April 20. His lawyer declined to comment on the case.

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