A bouncer working security in a West Village bar was credited in a published report with capturing a man who allegedly had just mugged a woman early Saturday.
The heartless nature of the crime stunned viewers who saw surveillance video of it. In the tape, a man can be seen simply reaching into the lap of Catalina Mateo, grabbing her purse, and sprinting away.
Authorities said the incident took place at the corner of Wyckoff Avenue and Bleecker Street in Bushwick on Wednesday, July 20, shortly after 1:00 p.m.
Police are looking for the muggers who shot and killed a Queens woman Sunday night during an attempted robbery.
Police arrested two people in connection with the latest string of purse snatchings in Nassau County.
A Manhattan woman who had her purse snatched turned the tables on a fleet-footed robbery suspect and got back more than her pocket book.
Police in Paramus said thieves often target people carrying their purses loosely and focus on mothers because they can become distracted tending to their children.