HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Three youngsters jumped into motion on Lengthy Island to assist catch a suspected purse thief.
A forty five-yr-previous lady was strolling on Cooper Road in Hempstead round eight:30 p.m. Wednesday when police stated she was knocked to the bottom and robbed.
The suspect took off together with her purse, however in response to police, he didn’t get far.
Three Hempstead Excessive Faculty college students heard the lady screaming for assist and caught the suspect.
“They grabbed him they usually knocked him down. A 3rd person who was with them referred to as 911,” Hempstead Police Chief Michael McGowen stated. “They responded instantly to her, ran throughout the road, intervened, put themselves in hurt’s method.”
Police are investigating if the suspect, recognized as fifty two-yr-previous John Cole, is chargeable for comparable purse snatchings in current months.
“The victims have all been Latino ladies, they usually’ve all been approached from behind and for probably the most half, knocked to the bottom and had their purse, pocketbook and cellphone stolen,” McGowen stated.
Most of the victims sustained scrapes to their palms and knees.
The sufferer in the newest incident suffered bruises. She was taken to a hospital, the place she was handled and launched.
Cole is charged with second-diploma theft and shall be arraigned Thursday.