Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2022. 11:12 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: A police officer tried to take on two armed robbers singlehandedly on Tuesday morning but was unable to stop them from taking a woman’s purse near Constitution Park.
The officer reported that just before 8 a.m. he was walking through the park from Johnson Street towards Woods Street when he saw a woman shouting for help.
At the same time, a dark-skinned man ran past him but he continued toward the woman, who had just had her purse snatched by a man he recognized. This was a clear-skinned man about 5-foot-5 whom he tried to block by stepping into his path.
The thief tried to find his way around the officer by throwing the purse to his accomplice – the man who had earlier run past the officer – but it fell to the ground. The cop tried to pick it up but the second pulled out a firearm and pointed at him, telling him to move. The officer left the purse on the ground and saw the culprits take it and run toward Banak Street, escaping.