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Dangerousness hearing scheduled for purse-snatching suspect

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A man accused of robbing two women in their 70s in Dartmouth will remain behind bars for at least a few days.

Miguel Brasil, 40, appeared in court Wednesday and was ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for next Tuesday.

Police allege Brasil pushed a 76-year-old woman to the ground Monday morning as she exited the Citizens Bank on Dartmouth Street and made off with her purse.

On Tuesday, Brasil was identified as the suspect and a few hours later, an off-duty sergeant witnessed him steal a 72-year-old woman's purse outside the Rite Aid down the street from the bank, according to police.

The sergeant tried to pull over Brasil's vehicle but police said the suspect sped off and led officers on a brief pursuit that ended when he crashed into the sergeant's cruiser, causing significant damage.

Brasil resisted arrest, according to police, but was eventually taken into custody. He was taken to St. Luke's Hospital to be checked out and has since been released.

Police said the sergeant was not injured in the crash.

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