Officer cleared of battery in purse-snatching arrest

Suspect sought $52M in damages, received no compensation

By Elisha Sauers
The Capital

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A court case in Annapolis this week may have had a connection with "America's Most Wanted," but you won't find the trial coverage on prime-time TV.

Two women who worked for the show accused Joseph Christian Manriquez of snatching a purse in downtown Annapolis in 2008. City police charged him with felony theft, though the State's Attorney's Office decided not to prosecute.

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