Lancaster native accused of purse snatching in Rock Hill

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By Jesef Williams

A Lancaster native with a host of active charges is once again in trouble with York County authorities after he reportedly snatched a woman’s purse last week in Rock Hill.
Aaron Shah Khan, 37, has been charged with strong arm robbery and first-degree assault and battery, said Executive Officer Mark Bollinger of the Rock Hill Police Department.
Police came to the Food Lion on Mt. Gallant Road in Rock Hill on Tuesday, July 30, in response to a robbery call.
An officer spoke with an elderly couple who said they were walking toward the store shortly after 2 p.m. when a man got out of his vehicle and took the woman’s purse, according to an incident report from the Rock Hill Police Department.
As the woman’s husband tried to intervene, the suspect pushed both of them to the ground. The man is 87 and the woman is 85. The suspect fled the scene. A witness followed him in his personal vehicle, the report said.
“The suspect was eventually caught and taken into custody by the York County Sheriff’s Office,” an officer wrote in the report.
The couple at the store suffered minor injuries. The report didn’t say if the woman’s purse was recovered.
Khan is jailed at the Moss Justice Center in York on a $60,000 bond.
The report places Khan’s address in Charlotte. Other records, though, show that Khan has lived in Lancaster County on Wedgewood Road and on Lynwood Drive.
Previous incidents
This isn’t the first time Khan has been arrested in York County. In August 2010, he was arrested and charged with two counts of financial transaction card fraud and breach of trust. Authorities said he made unauthorized credit card purchases that summer at the Rock Hill Hampton Inn, where he worked at the time. Police said he did the same at the Fort Mill Comfort Inn, where he pocketed cash paid for hotel rooms. He had worked at that hotel too. Those unauthorized transactions reportedly totaled more than $3,000.
In November 2010, Khan was jailed after Charlotte authorities charged him with robbery with a deadly weapon. He was accused of entering the Sleep Inn on Yorkmount Road in south Charlotte and putting a steak knife to the desk clerk’s face. Ten minutes after that, he reportedly used a knife to rob the front desk clerk at the Staybridge Suites on Forest Pine Drive, which is about four miles from the Sleep Inn.
For those offenses in Charlotte, Khan received “special probation” and a split prison sentence, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety.
According to online court records, Khan has upcoming court dates in Mecklenburg County for several charges, including felony possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, obtaining property by false pretense, identity theft and felony probation violation.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152