Once more, Uptowners to the rescue! A 19-year-old woman was walking on Broadway Tuesday evening when a 56-year-old purse snatcher grabbed her bag, and excitement ensued. We're figuring Erbert Kirkwood, the alleged thief, hadn't counted on being: (1) chased by the victim, (2) tripped by a lady with a cane, (3) tackled by a driver who left his car in the middle of the street to join the pursuit, (4) surrounded by passers-by when he landed on the ground, and (5) held by a former cop until the police arrived.
Oh, yeah, and (6) taped on an iPhone by an off-duty ABC TV producer, who just happened to be in the area. Tough day and place to do a successful purse grab, I guess.
The story is on ABC7's website. Mr. Kirkwood is in residence at the Cook County Jail, charged with felony robbery and held on $150,000 bail.
Update: Interesting to note that Mr. Kirkwood just came off supervision on 10/28/2012 for an attempted Aggravated Robbery committed in 2006. Among other "marks and tattoos," he has one that reads "C.V.L.," wonder what that's about? He's also spent at least 22 of the past 33 years in the Pontiac Correctional Center. His next court date is November 20th.
UU Note: We assume ABC means the Annoyance Theater, not the Admiral Theater, in its report.