Elderly woman gets to thank hero who nabbed purse snatcher


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Sometimes you’re just in the right place at the right time.

That was the case for Deshawn Pressley when he was shopping at a suburban Cincinnati Kroger earlier this month.

According to reports, Pressley had been chatting in the grocery with 87-year-old Patricia Goins about his 1-year-old daughter. A few minutes later he heard Goins screaming for help from another aisle in the store. A purse snatcher had grabbed her purse.

Surveillance video from the store shows Pressley running after the thief, Derek Vaughn, 58, grabbing him in the parking lot, and subduing him with a few swift punches and kicks as police officers made their way to the scene.

You can watch Pressley take down the purse snatcher in this video:

The local sheriff honored Pressley for his quick thinking and action.

“In our country right now, things are kind of tough, and when somebody jumps in and helps somebody … you make us very proud,” Sheriff Richard K. Jones told Pressley in a news conference. “Not just here — everybody in the country — and we’re proud of you.”

Jones then presented Pressley with a framed commendation for his heroism.

“I just turned around and did what I had to do as a citizen and I’m glad I helped her because she’s a wonderful, lovely lady and I just love helping people, especially older women,” Pressley is quoted as saying in a WDPE News report.

Derek Vaughn

Vaughn’s case is scheduled to go before a grand jury. He is being held in Butler County Jail in lieu of $55,000 bond on felony charges of robbery and theft.

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