New Castle News

August 22, 2013

Purse snatching suspect waives hearing

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — An Edinburg man charged by four Lawrence County police departments has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

All charges against Edward Mark Palmer, 49, of 160 Westly Lane, will go to court. He remains in the Lawrence County jail.

Charges include:

•Robbery, receiving stolen property, simple assault, driving while his license is suspended and escape, filed by Union Township police.

•Aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another, resisting arrest, fleeing or attempting to elude officers, driving while his license is suspended, filed by Shenango Township police.

•Two counts of robbery, receiving stolen property, simple assault, driving while operator’s license is suspended and driving without a license, filed by Neshannock Township police.

•Theft, receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of motor vehicle, driving while operator’s license is suspended, driving without a license and improper display of license plate, filed by Neshannock Township police.

•Two counts of receiving stolen property, filed by New Castle police.

Following an agreement with the commonwealth, District Judge David Rishel, presiding at central court this week, released Palmer on his own recognizance. However, he is being held in jail on a state parole detainer for additional charges in Beaver County.

Beaver Falls police on Aug. 15 charged Palmer with  attempted robbery, attempted simple assault, harassment and driving while operating privileges are suspended. He has not yet been arraigned on those charges.

Palmer’s troubles with the police began Aug. 7 when he allegedly stole two women’s purses, at Westgate Plaza in Union Township and at Call’s Plaza in Neshannock Township.

He was stopped by Shenango Township police, also on Aug. 7, and tried to flee, then drove off after the officer hit him with a Taser. New Castle police found him later in a South Side bar.

According to police reports, Palmer while in custody allegedly admitted to both purse snatchings and told police he had been smoking crack cocaine for two days and needed money. Both purse snatching victims sustained injuries.

Following his arrest, Palmer was taken to Jameson Hospital where he was admitted. However, he left the hospital the morning of Aug. 12, before he was to be released to Union Township officers.

Police said Palmer went to Preston Motors where he allegedly stole a car from the lot. He was arrested around 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 12, on Route 18 in Mahoningtown.