NEWARK -- Two Newark residents were behind bars Sunday in connection to a strong-arm robbery that took place outside a Newpark Mall.

Luis Arevalo, 27 and Sergio Sanchez, 18, were arrested recently on suspicion of robbery stemming from the Aug. 24 incident, said police Cmdr. Mike Carroll.

The robbery occurred as the victim, a 53-year-old woman, was walking through the parking lot, police said.

During the incident one of the suspects, who police identified as Sanchez, violently grabbed the victim's purse, knocked her to the ground and then jumped into a waiting vehicle and fled the area, police said.

Mall security got the license plate number from the vehicle and from that information police were able to identify suspects, Carroll said.

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