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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:56 am, Wed May 30, 2012.

A Lodi transient was arrested after he pushed another transient and stole his coin purse Monday, police said.

Jay Ben Wages, 31, was arrested on the 0 block of Daisy Avenue after he allegedly pushed a fellow transient while they were arguing at Lawrence Park and took a coin purse that held roughly $15 in change, according to Lt. Fernando Martinez of the Lodi Police Department.

Martinez said that after pushing the victim and taking his coin purse, Wages fled. He was arrested a few blocks away by Officer Larry Vietz.

Wages faces first-degree robbery charges.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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