After Publix purse-snatching, the suspect cries: 'I am going away for life,' cops say

Jason Juhasz, current mugshot
Jason Juhasz, current mugshot

A purse-snatching of a senior citizen at a Davie Publix led to the arrest of the suspect in an ATM armed robbery.

An arrest report claims that suspect, 34-year-old Jason Juhasz, began crying as Davie cops took him into custody in the purse snatching.

"I am going away for life. I'm a career criminal," he moaned.

Then, as cops searched him for a weapon, Juhasz said, "I have nothing on me. I know you all already found the gun in my center console and, yes, it is stolen. I'm f---ed. My life is over."

Despite the drama, it's unlikely he will serve life. Juhasz sits in Broward County jail on $27,000 bond for a stack of charges — two counts of armed robbery, two counts of kidnapping someone to facilitate or commit a felony, one count of robbery by sudden snatching, possession of firearm by a felon, grand theft between $5,000 and $10,000. But those usually don't add up to even a decade in prison.

In his 34 years, Juhasz two previous stints of Florida prison experience are 19 months from 2004-06 for burglary and grand theft, and 22 months from 2013-14 for cocaine possession, robbery without a gun and robbery.

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Jason Juhasz before one of his prison sentences Florida Dept. of Corrections

The purse-snatching that cops say put them on to Juhasz occurred on a Sunday morning, June 24, according to the arrest report.

A 70-year-old woman told police she was sitting in front of the Publix at 8842 State Rd 84 when a woman approached while requesting a cigarette. When she gave the woman, who the report says is Gabriela Doolen, a cigarette, Doolen went for more than a BOGO bargain and grabbed the woman's purse from between her legs.

The 70-year-old chased Doolen, but the thief jumped in a waiting white Chevrolet Colorado driven by Juhasz. With help from a witness, officers found the white Chevy about three miles away, at Nova Drive and College Avenue. That's when, the report says, Juhasz began his woeful wailing.

A cop thought Juhasz resembled an armed robber they had been looking for since a June 19 armed robbery at a TD Bank branch at 5943 Stirling Rd. Surveillance cameras caught a man interrupting a couple's 11:40 p.m. deposit with his own withdrawal request, supplemented by a gun. The robber got the couple's deposit, $75 cash and a cellphone they had on them, and another $200 he made them withdraw from the ATM. The robber blocked the exit, thus the kidnapping charges.

The criminal pedaled away on a black bicycle. According to the report, the male in the couple picked Juhasz's photo out of a six-photo array as the guy who put the pistol on him.

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