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Citizens help police catch Kalamazoo purse snatcher


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The Kalamazoo Public Safety Department says it has a purse snatching suspect in custody, thanks to some vigilant Samaritans.

Officers say that early this morning -- a little before one AM -- a woman was talking with a man in the parking lot of Gatis' Up and Under, in the 700 block of West Michigan, when the man suddenly pushed her to the ground and ran off with her purse. Officers arrived at the scene, and after a short search, found the suspect in a parking lot in the 400 block of West Lovell, being held down by two people who had chased him from the scene of the purse snatching.

Officers arrested the 40 year old suspect, and charged him with assault and battery, since he had punched one of the men detaining him. He's now in the Kalamazoo County Jail, pending additional charges. The victim got her purse back, and declined medical treatment for minor injuries.