East Texas Heroes Spoil Mugging

Two purse-snatchers who tried to steal from two women in Tyler's K-Mart parking lot last night got a lot more than they bargained for. What started near the front door ended up about 250 yards away in a pretty rough wrestling match.

Two good Samaritans were in the parking lot when they heard cries from two women. They chased the robbers down to their truck, and pulled one of them out. The other drove off, but the two managed to hold the other robber for almost five minutes before he finally got away from the exhausted pair.

Our parking lot heroes said the "thank-you's" of the two women made it all worth it.

"They were very grateful," one said. "They're two of the nicest ladies I've met in a while."

"I wish we could have met on different circumstances."

The two men declined to be identified since they'll be witnesses in the case, but they both said they were brought up to be helpful.

"I was raised to do right," the other said. "Help somebody if they need help, treat somebody like you want them to treat you."

At least one other person stopped to help, and thanks to them, the purse snatchers only got away with one purse. The other was dropped in the chase.

Although one of the robbers was treated pretty rough, the good Samaritans were unharmed, and the victims were treated for only minor injuries. Tyler police are still looking for two suspects, described as black men 18 to 20 years old, and between five foot eight and six feet tall.

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.