A man reportedly wanted for several local purse snatchings was chased down and stopped by an employee of Top Notch Security on Avenue B yesterday.
Matthew Gonzalez, who works at the store at 8-12 Avenue B between East Houston and East Second Street, spotted the alleged purse snatcher in action.
Per CBS New York:
“We watched him, and he eventually stole some lady’s purse. I chased after him, grabbed him, and before you know it the cops were on him,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said he recognized the suspect, wanted by police, and jumped into action when the man stole a woman’s purse as she sat in front of a restaurant on Avenue B.
Gonzalez said the man in the video is possibly connected to other recent purse thefts in the area.
“I thought, ‘Let me catch this guy, because he’s going to keep doing it again if he’s not caught,” he said.
Police initially came to the store to see if cameras captured the same suspect this past Sunday, turns out they did.
Top Notch reps shared the surveillance video with us…
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