Good Samaritans Capture Would-be Purse Snatcher

It took quick action to catch a purse snatcher in Tyler Tuesday night. It happened as a woman was leaving the El Lugar restaurant on Highway 271.

Police say 19-year-old Marquette Reshad Moore stole a woman's purse and fled on foot. A group of people dining at El Lugar gave chase.  The pursuit left the restaurant, with the suspect climbing several fences into a nearby neighborhood.

Then good Samaritan Jeremiah Brannon tackled the man.

"I felt like it was the right thing to do. If anyone else was there... they would have done the same thing," he says.

Jeremiah got some cuts and scrapes from wrestling with the suspect. But, no one was seriously hurt.

Marquette Moore was held down until police arrived and was charged with robbery.

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