I often say that in my job no two days are alike. Yesterday proved no exception. Fortunately, I happened to be at the right place at the right time, and helped foil a purse snatching. While the perpetrator got away, I was able to recover the victim’s purse. Below is a link to Channel 7’s news coverage of the incident.
I was happy to help, but the incident serves as a reminder to always be aware of your surroundings when you’re on the street. I let our Police Department know of the incident.
Crime-fighting Chicago alderman foils robbery
By Linda Yu
May 16, 2007 –
A Chicago alderman is expected to help constituents with garbage pick-up or zoning issues. But now, 49th Ward Chicago Alderman Joe Moore can add crime fighter to his résumé.
Joan Carson does not live in the 49th Ward but she may reconsider now that she has a new hero in Moore.
Carson had her purse snatched Wednesday morning in front of the Heartland Café. The alderman had just finished breakfast when he heard a woman scream.
“I saw a guy running down the street carrying a purse,” Moore said. “I knew it wasn’t his because it didn’t match his shoes.”
All kidding aside, Alderman Moore spotted the man with the purse coming at him and tried to stop him, but the man took off down the alley.
Robert Potenze saw the incident from his 49th Ward home.
“In pursuit was a man in a black suit and his tie was flying over his shoulder,” Potenze said. “I said ‘That looks a lot like Joe Moore.'”
Another resident, who was working in the alley, saw the chase between Moore and the suspect and then joined in the chase.
“We chased him for two and half blocks to a backyard where he was up against a fence,” Moore said. “He scaled the fence but dropped the purse.”
The purse snatcher has not been captured but people in the neighborhood believe they saw something very special.
“Normally, you see aldermen running away from the law, instead of being part of it,” Potenze said “A neighbor said they’re politicians and they’re all running for something. It was was pretty funny but it pretty neat.”
Alderman Moore was able to give police a description of the purse snatcher. He described him as a young man in his 20’s who can run very, very fast.