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Published:May 26th, 2013 18:27 EST

Marathon Runner Chases Down Purse Snatcher

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A man who is training for the Cork City Marathon wore down a suspected purse snatcher during a 15-minute chase through the southern Irish city.


The runner, who did not want his name used, got involved when he heard an 83-year-old woman screaming that her bag had been stolen, the Irish Examiner reported. The woman had just come out of a restaurant Wednesday evening when she was knocked down by the mugger, who grabbed her bag and took off."


A young thug mugs an 83-year-old woman, knocking her to the ground. He figures this crime was easier than taking candy from a baby, and nonchalantly walks away.

But a Good Samaritan who witnesses the outrage chases the cowardly purse snatcher, and after a 15-minute chase the mugger tosses his ill-gotten gains, and gives up in frustration.

The mugger was arrested and charged, and the marathon runner is being proclaimed a hero.

The modest runner, who didn`t provide his name to the police, stands a good chance of winning the Cork City Marathon, if he pretends that everyone ahead of him is a mugger who just ripped off an old lady.

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