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Washington man pleads not guilty to Belgrade purse snatching

By Lauren Maschmedt, KTVM Anchor, lmaschmedt@ktvm.com
Published On: Aug 07 2012 06:12:31 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The second of two Washington men accused of a Belgrade purse-snatching that turned into a high speed chase plead not guilty in court Tuesday.

Police say Kenneth Lohman and his accomplice, Joshua Bolton, stole a purse from an elderly woman in the Albertson's parking lot in Belgrade in mid-July.

According to court documents, the woman tried to get her purse back but they sped off, knocking her to the ground.

Police say they caught up with the car near Three Forks and attempted to pull the men over, but the men fled.

Court reports state police chased the car down I-90, with the car crossing over and driving on the wrong side of the interstate at one point.

Highway troopers later found the car off of the highway. They say Lohman and a juvenile female who was in the car with them surrendered.

But they say Bolton fled on foot, and they found him hiding under a nearby house.
Police charged both men with robbery. Lohman's bond is $100,000, Bolton's $150,000.

Bolton plead not guilty in court on Monday.