CAIRO — A Cairo man is behind bars after police say he attempted to run away with an empty purse and was quickly apprehended.

A police incident report states that a 51-year-old woman told law enforcement she was preparing for a yard sale Saturday morning when Timothy Bond approached her and demanded money and her purse. The woman said Bond, 41, appeared to be pointing something at her but she was unsure if it was a weapon.

The victim told police she then took a pouch she was about to place on a table to sell and threw it at Bond. When Bond realized that the pouch was empty, he began running west on 2nd Avenue.

Police were dispatched to the area after receiving a 911 call reporting the victim's screams. The caller told police he saw a man running from the area where he heard the screams and began following the suspect. 

Officers eventually spotted Bond, who matched the suspect's description, on 1st Avenue NE near the 2nd Street intersection.

Bond told police he was out for a morning run, but a subsequent patdown uncovered an empty black leather pouch tucked into his front waistband.

The individual who initially called 911 then made contact with police, stating he was in the process of opening his 4th Street business when he heard a woman screaming and pointing at Bond.

Bond was transported to the Cairo Police Department where he was charged with robbery by sudden snatching. Bond declined to make any further statements to law enforcement. He was then transported to the Grady County Jail.

The incident occurred Saturday at about 6:39 a.m.

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