11/15/2012 01:31 pm ET

Uptown Purse-Snatcher: Robber Caught After Bystander Tripped Him With Cane

An robbery suspect was tripping--literally--after snatching the purse of a woman in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood Tuesday night.

19-year-old Cherise Washington was knocked to the ground when a man tried to steal her purse near Leland and Broadway, reports ABC Chicago. Washington sprang to action to chase the man, but as he was running away, a woman tripped the robber with her cane and sent him tumbling.

Good Samaritans, including an off-duty cop from California, helped subdue the suspect until police arrived on the scene. According to Uptown Update, an off-duty ABC producer was on the scene and caught the whole incident on cell phone camera.

The community-based blog said the suspect, 56-year-old Herbert Kirkwood, had come off supervision for a 2006 attempted aggravated robbery less than three weeks prior to his alleged purse-snatching attempt in Uptown.

Tuesday's incident is far from the first time Good Samaritans have rushed to the aid of a would-be robbery victim in Chicago. In January of this year, a security guard and homeless man joined a woman in chasing down a wallet-snatcher in the Loop. The suspect was apprehended and the woman got her wallet back, according to the Chicago Tribune.



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