Two Hudson Valley women were arrested following an investigation into an alleged robbery and assault at a local grocery store.

On Tuesday, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department reported the arrests of 27-year-old Ashley M. Bickford and 28-year-old Angela L. Johnson, both of Poughkeepsie, following an investigation into an alleged robbery and assault at the R&K Grocery store on Main Street in Poughkeepsie.

On March 13, around 10:30 p.m., there was a verbal argument over a car alarm that escalated into a physical altercation where the pair hit the victim and stole her purse which contained cash, credit cards and a necklace, police say.

Bickford is accused of damaging the woman's car as she tried to drive away. Both were charged with robbery and assault, felonies. Bickford was also charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Both were sent to Dutchess County Jail. Bickford in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or bond, Johnson on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

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