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Knife-wielding purse snatcher gets 35 years

May 8, 2019 

A Houston man known as “Stank” was sentenced to 35 years in prison for attacking a mother in broad daylight, as she and her children left a veterinary clinic, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Wednesday.

Garland Stewart, 27, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, shortly before his trial was to begin in the 339th District Court.

“The people of Harris County no longer have to fear this knife-wielding purse snatcher,” Ogg said. “We are committed to keeping our streets safe and he’s headed to prison for a long time.”

In July 2017, Stewart sneaked up on the woman who had just left the clinic, according to court records. 

As she loaded her dog and three-year-old twins into the sport-utility vehicle, Stewart reached inside and grabbed her purse.

When she tried to grab it back from Stewart, he pulled out a knife and pointed it at her, before fleeing on a bicycle and later being arrested by Southside Place Police in coordination with Houston Police.

“People should be able to go anywhere they want with their children and their dog, and not fear being harmed” Assistant District Attorney Twyanette Wallace said. “We take this seriously in Harris County.”

Stewart has been sentenced to prison twice before, once for felon in possession of a weapon and once for aggravated robbery.