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Witnesses chase, catch thief who stole from disabled woman

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A disabled woman chased down a thief who punched her in the stomach and stole her pocketbook. A disabled woman chased down a thief who punched her in the stomach and stole her pocketbook.
MILTON, Wash. -

Police in Milton, Washington, say a thief who punched a disabled woman in the stomach outside a grocery store and stole her pocketbook didn't get far.

Not only did the victim recover Friday afternoon, shout for help and start motoring after the man in her electric scooter, several people who saw what happened gave chase as well.

The News Tribune reports that one man caught up to the thief as he climbed into a pickup truck. According to a police report, that man says he yanked open the driver's door and grabbed the keys, elbowing the thief in the face.

When the thief struggled to get away, police Detective Amy Camden says the man who had chased him apparently applied a hold.

Officers soon arrived and arrested a 25-year-old King County man for investigation of second-degree robbery.

Camden says the woman's money was recovered. The detective says the victim, who is in her 60s, had just made a sizable cash withdrawal from a bank branch inside the store.

Milton is east of Tacoma.

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