Man tackles alleged purse snatcher, holds him down for police

SEATTLE -- To use an unfortunate metaphor, let's all wash the taste of that ear-biting, possibly ear-swallowing story out of our mouths with this story of a man tackling an alleged purse-snatcher and holding him down for police.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, a woman in her mid-50s was walking her dog through an alley near First Avenue and Broad Street shortly before 9 p.m. Monday when a man walked up to her and asked for the time.

The victim later told officers she got a bad feeling about the suspect, but when she tried to walk away he grabbed her purse and started pulling.

According to the report, the suspect tripped over the victim's dog leash and pulled her to the ground, leaving her bruised and scraped. The suspect was reportedly able to get the purse away from the victim and run off down the alley.

A man in his 60s later told officers he was crossing the intersection when he heard a woman screaming and turned to see the suspect running out of the alley with the victim hot on his heels.

The man said he heard the woman yell that the suspect took her purse, so he tackled the suspect and held him on the ground. A number of other people came over to help subdue the suspect until officers could arrive.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery.