Been Caught Stealin’
Who says ALL Black Friday shoppers behave badly? Three bystanders helped a crime victim when they chased a parolee accused of snatching a woman’s purse and then trapped him in the back seat of a cab on Michigan Avenue until police arrived.
One of the good Samaritans, Mike Hochhauser, 31, said he didn’t hesitate to chase Richard D. Mendoza, 31, once he stepped out of his building and saw Mendoza stomping on a woman while trying to steal her purse.
“Honestly, I just started running after him, thinking, ‘I’m not going to let this guy get away with this. There’s no way I’m going to let that happen to somebody,'” Hochhauser said.
Mendoza probably would have gotten away if not for the efforts of Hochhauser and the other two people who (do NOT insert Scooby Doo reference here) chased him, said police Officer Patrick Bryant, who helped arrest Mendoza.
Mendoza, of Chicago, was charged with strong-arm robbery and battery, police said. He has 14 prior arrests and four convictions, police said — one for armed robbery, one for strong-arm robbery and two for residential burglaries.
Mendoza is on parole and was wearing an electronic ankle bracelet when he was arrested, police said.
The victim was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and released.