Man Stops Thief From Stealing 87-Year-Old Woman's Purse At Grocery Store



Deshawn Pressley sprang into action when he saw a man attempting to steal an elderly woman’s purse inside a grocery store, chasing down and holding the suspect until deputies arrived.
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Pressley tells WLWT Channel 5:

Hearing her voice screaming and her being scared, I just knew I had to do something.

And he ran right past me and I chased him down. He got to his car and everything, but I grabbed him, held him to the floor, got him down. Did what I had to do until the police arrived.
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The suspect, Derek Vaughn, 58, of Middletown, has been charged with robbery and theft, both felonies, according to the sheriff’s office.
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Pat Goins, tells WLWT she was shocked by what happened, but had kind words for Pressley.

You are truly a great person. I owe you more than I could ever thank you for and I want you to have a great life, a great year and love that baby girl.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office awarded Pressley with a Citizen's Award. He and Goins were reunited at the presentation.

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