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San Gabriel Mayor Calls Purse-Stealing Incident 'misunderstanding'

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San Gabriel's mayor, Albert Y.M. Huang, is speaking out about his arrest on Friday following an incident during which he allegedly took a woman's purse, according to LA Now.

Huang, 35, is calling the episode, which ended with the woman "clinging to the side of his sport-utility vehicle" as he drove from the scene, a "great misunderstanding between friends."

The nature of Huang's relationship to the alleged victim remains unclear, and the Mayor has not provided any more details about the confrontation, which was reportedly about money. The argument took place outside of a restaurant on W. Valley Boulevard; after Huang took the woman's purse he got in his car, and she held on as he drove at about 45 mph for over a quarter mile. The woman, 33, was not injured. Huang was arrested and subsequently released on bail. He has said he is confident his innocence will be upheld in court.