An attempted mugging took place in New York in broad daylight on Wednesday. A man tried to grab a woman’s bag at 35th Street and 8th Avenue When she wouldn’t let go, he literally dragged her across the street, through traffic. [Scroll Down For Video]
Seeing the crime, a group of good Samaritans jumped into action. One man put the suspect into a choke hold and took him to the ground. Four or five other pedestrians joined in and helped pin the man to the ground. The group then started searching the suspect and returning the woman’s stolen property.
J Bryant of Coed, who recorded the video, wrote the following in a blog post:
“While leaving work today, I had the great fortune of witnessing firsthand why New Yorkers are so [expletive] awesome. Without a second thought, 10 to 12 citizens tackled this huge thug and took him to the ground. Just as many came to the aid of the victim and helped gather her belonging that were spread all across street in rush hour traffic. It wasn’t a black thing or a white thing, it was just good people doing the right thing.”
The suspect, Theodore Shearin, 37, somehow managed to escape the group of people before police could arrive on the scene. However, he didn’t make it far. He was arrested nearby and is now facing charges of robbery, assault, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Check out the video below.