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August 14, 2013

Robbery suspect who walked away from hospital now in jail

NEW CASTLE — An Edinburg man wanted on a variety of charges is in the Lawrence County jail on bonds totaling $100,000.

Edward M. Palmer, 49, of 160 Westley Lane, is facing charges from four police departments.

They include two counts each of robbery, receiving stolen property, simple assault and driving while operating privilege is suspended. These charges were filed on a pair of purse snatching incidents by Union and Neshannock township police.

He also was charged by Union Township police with escape after he allegedly walked away from Jameson Hospital Monday morning.

New Castle police charged him with two counts of receiving stolen property in connection with a car he allegedly had taken from Preston Motors on Wilmington Avenue Monday afternoon and an Ohio license plate allegedly taken from Youngstown.

Additional charges may be filed by police in Beaver County.

Palmer was arraigned before District Judge Jennifer Nicholson and is being held in the Lawrence County on $25,000 bond on each set of charges. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 21.

According to police, Palmer was involved with purse snatchings at Westgate Plaza in Union Township and Call’s Plaza in Neshannock Township Aug. 7. Both victims reported injuries.

About 6:30 p.m. that day, Shenango Township police stopped a red Chrysler operated by Palmer. Police said Palmer did not comply with the officer’s request and left after the officer hit him with a Taser.

New Castle police located Palmer in the parking lot of a South Side bar and took him into custody. Officers said he had admitted to both purse snatchings and told police he had been smoking crack cocaine for two days and needed money.

Police said Palmer was taken to Jameson Hospital and admitted for a hand injury at 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

At 11:15 a.m. Monday, police said, Palmer left the hospital after he saw a township officer walk past his room to notify the staff Palmer would be taken to the Lawrence County jail.

After leaving the hospital, New Castle police said, Palmer allegedly stole a car from Preston Motors.

Police said that about 9:10 p.m. Monday, officers were notified the car had been involved in two robberies in Beaver County. They also were told the car displayed a stolen Ohio license plate.

New Castle police said they found the car, northbound on Route 18 in Mahoningtown, about 9:30 p.m. Monday. They said the vehicle was stopped at Montgomery Avenue and Liberty Street and the driver, later identified as Palmer, was arrested without incident.

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