Rugby Player Takes Down Suspected Purse Snatcher On Manhattan Street

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A crime-fighting rugby player is winning high praise for stopping a suspected purse snatcher on a Manhattan street.

Gerry Loehr, 25, was having lunch at The Penny Farthing on Third Avenue around the corner from his office at Con Ed — where he works as a Purchasing Department Procurement Specialist — when he spotted a man bolting down the street with a purse.

The man was being pursued by two other men who were yelling, “Stop thief!”

1010 WINS’ John Montone with Gerry Loehr

Loehr immediately jumped up from the table, went outside and tackled the suspect at full speed.

“It was a good hit,” Loehr tells 1010 WINS’ John Montone. “It was just like out of a movie – the purse went 20 feet in the air, everyone’s surrounding you and I just got on him and held him till cops came.”

Loehr said the suspect looked up at him from the sidewalk and complained about his asthma.

“I said, ‘Well, you shouldn’t have been running,’” Loehr recalled.

Police arrived at the scene to take the suspect into custody and the purse was returned to the elderly woman.

The three-year Con Edison veteran then went back to the restaurant where he was met by a cheering crowd.

The rugby player says he’s not a hero; he just did what anybody with a mother, sister or grandmother would do.

Still, the restaurant thought his good deed deserved a reward so they picked up his tab.

Sound off in our comments section below…

  • Slash

    I heard the guy that stole the purse played for Southern Connecticut College back in the day – he should have known better.

  • Elf on the Shelf
  • NYC_cougar

    You can take me down as your prey any day….. your going to make some housewifes very excited.

    • Hustle

      @gloehr22 on twitter… come follow.

  • Primetime

    every day hes hustlen… nice job kid… QU would be proud!!

  • IHeartComments

    He can tackle me any time he wants! What a cutie!

  • Chester Copperpot

    Whammy—Get of the tracks when the G train comes barreling down 3rd Avenue.

  • Surfin Bird

    The rugby player needs to charged with assault and false imprisonment. He is not a police officer and citziens arrests are not illegla

    • Sharkeez

      Hey hammerhead, you should be put in grammar prison.

    • Rogi

      learn how to spell and maybe you can make a point…hope you get robbed tonight and knowone does a thing

    • Eddie Phillips

      Wow and you walk our streets

    • Ray "the vanilla gorilla" Schwartz

      Shut up Surfin Bird! “he just did what anybody with a mother, sister or grandmother would do.”

      You have no mother!

  • Matt DeMarco

    Gerald, you are my hero! I love you.


    Jerry – You THE MAN!

  • Diesel

    Kudos. Have many children; the world needs more of your kind.

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