Witnesses help nab purse snatcher in Normal Heights

Posted at 8:28 AM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 20:06:10-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A would-be purse snatcher was caught by San Diego Police in Normal Heights Tuesday thanks to witnesses.

Stephanie Moore says she was inside the Vons on Adams Avenue and 36th Street when a man grabbed her purse.

As soon as it happened, Moore says she started chasing after the suspect. “I am a tough girl and the first thing I do is act instead of react.”

Rocco Estello and two other good Samaritans tell 10News they saw the incident happen when they also ran after the suspect, calling police in the process.

"We caught up to him, but he took off this way and SDPD caught up to him, which is a really, really good blessing because it makes me feel better to be on these streets,” said Estello.

The man was arrested and the purse returned. Moore says her keys are still missing, but she believes they just fell out during the chase

In the end, Moore says she’s thankful to have her purse back and that there are good people in the world. “I always think there’s good people in the world because I see people stand up when they need to.”