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Bystander describes chasing down alleged purse snatcher

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Decked out in a pair of slippers, Steelton's Nathaniel Williams decided to go for a run after witnessing a purse snatching.

Williams said just before noon on Tuesday, he saw a man snatch a woman's purse near Green and Boas streets in Harrisburg and run away.

Once he noticed the woman was not seriously injured, the father of two and former Pa. Army National guardsman gave chase.

The foot race spanned several Midtown blocks. At one point, Williams caught up to the suspect and tackled him, but the man got away.

Williams said he continued to chase the man, who at one point dropped the purse. Williams picked it up.

During his pursuit, Williams said he even answered his cell phone to share his location with police.

Shortly after that, he caught up with the suspect and tackled him again.

Police arrived on scene that time, according to Williams.

After helping authorities he returned the purse to the victim.

"She just thanked me. She said it was good that there are still honest people that would help out. She just gave me a hug and I said 'it will be alright," Williams.

Harrisburg police said the suspect is 20-year-old Terreance Williams, of Lower Paxton Township.

Williams was charged with robbery and flight to avoid apprehension.

 

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