Purse-snatching suspect also alleged prostitute in officer sex arrest

Purse-snatching suspect also alleged prostitute in officer sex arrest

Purse-snatching suspect also alleged prostitute in officer sex arrest

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by KGW.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 8:03 PM

PORTLAND – A woman arrested Tuesday for the mugging and purse-snatching of a 89 year old had a police record that included robbing old women and prostitution, police said.

Tiffany Denise Smith, 33, is accused of stealing the purse of an 89-year-old woman and pushing her to the ground on Jan. 9, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau. The victim, who asked to be identified only as Marge, was left with severe bruising to her face.

"You should be ashamed of yourself to pick on an old lady," Marge said. 

Detectives believe Smith also stole the purse of a 90-year-old woman in December. They said she knocked on the woman's door in the 4800 block of Southeast Henderson Street, pushed passed her and stole her purse off of the dining room table, Simpson said.

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But Smith's criminal past does not end there. She was also arrested for prostitution after she allegedly had sex in a Southeast Portland field with an Oregon State Police detective last October.

The pair was spotted just off Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard on August 6, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. A caller who worked at a nearby daycare called police after she and her 16-year-old son spotted the couple. 

The detective was on duty at the time, but was not in uniform. He resigned and was later sentenced to seven days in jail. A warrant was issued for Smith after she failed to appear in court on her charges.

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As for the recent purse-snatching, Smith was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and charged with robbery, assault, burglary and identity theft.

 

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