Purse snatchings, failed and successful, Saturday in South Seattle

SEATTLE -- A group of citizens was able to foil a purse snatching Saturday evening in South Seattle, tackling the would-be thief and returning the victim's belongings, according to the Seattle Police Department. Unfortunately, there was no such outcome for a woman robbed of her purse seven hours earlier.

According to police, a 41-year-old woman was walking near Rainier Avenue South and South Brandon Street in Hillman City shortly after 10:30 a.m. Saturday when a man grabbed her purse and tried to rip it away from her.

The victim held on, and the man dragged her across the ground, ripping her jeans and injuring her arm and hip, according to police.

The man reportedly got the purse away from the victim eventually and ran off. Officers were unable to find him.

A little over seven hours later, a woman was walking near Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Myrtle Street in Rainier Valley around 5:50 p.m. when a man grabbed her purse and ran off, according to police.

A group of citizens who witnessed the robbery chased after the man and tackled him. According to police, the Good Samaritans let the man go before officers arrived but did recover the woman's purse.

The victim decided not to file a police report for pursue the theft further since her purse was returned to her.