Passing driver foils attempted purse-snatching

SEATTLE -- A passing driver became a hero when he saw a woman being mugged late Saturday night in West Seattle and stopped his car, scaring off the would-be purse-snatcher, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim was walking in the 3800 block of California Avenue Southwest around 11:30 p.m. when a man came up behind her and grabbed her purse.

She told officers she screamed as loud as she could and got into a tug-of-war over her purse.

According to the report, a passing driver stopped his car when he saw the two struggling, and the man ran off.

The victim told officers the man, who she described as "gangly," may have left in a lifted Toyota pickup truck. And, while she was able to hold onto her purse, she thought he got away with her phone.

According to the report, the victim got a ride somewhere from the driver who had stopped to help her and didn't report the incident for more than an hour.

When officers were finally called, they were unable to find the would-be purse-snatcher. But, the victim's phone was recovered from near the site of the robbery.