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Citizens chase, catch downtown purse-snatcher
Posted by Jeff Hodson
Witnesses to a downtown purse-snatching followed the suspect, confronted him and detained him until police arrived, Seattle police said Monday.
The strong-arm robbery occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m. Monday as a woman was leaving her workplace in the 1100 block of Fourth Avenue, police said. The suspect knocked the woman to the ground and fled on foot north on Third Avenue.
A witness to the crime followed the suspect in his car to the 1500 block of Third Avenue and, with help from another unidentified person, confronted the suspect and held him until a patrol sergeant drove by, Detective Mark Jamieson said on the Seattle Police Department Blotter.
An off-duty police officer also ran to the disturbance and helped to handcuff the suspect, Jamieson said.
An adult male was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of charges of robbery.
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