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No charges filed yet against ex-San Gabriel mayor in alleged purse snatching

October 25, 2010 |  2:39 pm

Former San Gabriel Mayor Albert Y.M. Huang has yet to be charged in an alleged purse-snatching and assault because authorities say they can't find the victim.

Patrol officers from the San Gabriel Police Department interviewed the woman at the scene but have been unable to locate her for follow-up interviews, said Lt. Darren Perrine, a department spokesman.

If they are unable to find the woman, the L.A. County district attorney's office could still pursue charges, Perrine said.

Huang allegedly got into an argument with the woman outside a noodle shop on West Valley Boulevard. He allegedly took her purse, which held her car keys, and attempted to leave in her car.

The woman tried to stop him by reaching through the window, when Huang pushed her, got out of the car and got into his own sport utility vehicle, police said. The woman reached through the window of his SUV and stood on its running board as Huang sped away as fast as 45 mph while she was hanging on, police said.

Huang was arrested on charges of felony robbery and felony assault by means likely to produce great injury and battery, police said. The woman is believed to own a foot-massage parlor in San Gabriel.

Huang stepped down last week as mayor and councilman.

-- Stephen Ceasar


Photo: Albert Huang holds the hand of Betty Mui, whose late husband, Chi Mui, had been Huang's mentor, as he announces his decision last Tuesday to step down as San Gabriel mayor and City Council member. Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times