Glade Valley woman charged in purse snatching at Elkin Walmart

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A Glade Valley woman was charged Dec. 18 with a mugging incident in the Walmart parking lot in Elkin.

Melinda Cortes-Hernandez, 38, was charged with felony larceny from the person and simple assault, reported Elkin Police officials late Dec. 21.

At about 7:56 p.m. Dec. 18, Elkin Police Department responded to a call in the Walmart parking lot, confirmed Capt. Kim Robison.

“The call involved a woman whose purse was taken,” she said.

There were no injuries in the incident.

According to Elkin Detective Sgt. Josh Tulbert, Cortes-Hernandez “was identified with help from North Carolina Probation and Parole officers, Alleghany County Sheriff’s deputies and many citizens from the area who called in to identify her.

“I would like to thank everyone for their assistance with this case,” Tulbert said.

Cortes-Hernandez received a $25,000 secured bond for the Elkin incident, and an additional $25,000 secured bond on probation violations. Her court date is scheduled for Feb. 13.

According to the North Department of Public Safety’s offender public information site, Cortes-Hernandez was convicted in Alleghany County of misdemeanor driving while impaired level 2 on March 28 of this year for an offense on April 5, 2014. She received probation with 24 months supervision.

Other prior incidents on her record include conviction in June 2016 for felony possession of Schedule IV controlled substance which was consolidated with a felony maintaining any place controlled substance charge, for which she was sentenced with probation; two misdemeanor larceny charges (one in Wilkes and one in Alleghany) from incidents in 2010 and 2011, with probation for those; misdemeanor DWI level 5 in Alleghany in 2008 and misdemeanor license revoked conviction in 2010; three convictions of misdemeanor common law forgery which were consolidated and sentenced with probation; and misdemeanor drug conviction in 1997 with probation.


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