Good Samaritans Tackle Purse Snatcher in Lincoln Park

Jose Rodriguez (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

Jose Rodriguez (Credit: Chicago Police Department)

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two Good Samaritans tackled a man who allegedly robbed a woman’s purse Saturday in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Jose Rodriguez, 30, was charged with armed robbery with a dangerous weapon and a warrant for parole violation, police said.

A 29-year-old woman was walking in the 800 block of West Diversey Parkway at 11:45 p.m. when Rodriguez approached her from behind, placed his arm around her neck and held a screwdriver against her torso while demanding money, police said. He then fled with her purse.

A 20-year-old man saw the crime and chased Rodriguez on Diversey Parkway, police said. He then shouted towards a 24-year-old man walking towards them to stop Rodriguez.

Both men tackled Rodriguez and held him until police arrived. A screwdriver was found next to Rodriguez.

The woman suffered a bruise near her rib cage, police said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


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