Bystander foot chase nabs Detroit wallet thief

AP News
Posted: Mar 18, 2011 11:12 AM
Bystander foot chase nabs Detroit wallet thief

A teenager's attempt to snatch a wallet at a popular Detroit restaurant turned into a foot chase that included the attorney he tries to rob, another county official, eatery staff, bystanders and a street-corner saxophone player.

The Detroit News reports that Donn Fresard, chief of staff in the Wayne County prosecutor's office, was paying for his lunch at Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe on Wednesday when the 14-year-old boy snatched the wallet and sprinted through a door.

Fresard, Wayne County Register of Deeds Bernard Youngblood and others gave chase. Outside, musician David Willis followed. Another man tackled the youth around the block. Willis says he joined in because he's tired of people in Detroit being put upon.

Police arrived just as the boy was caught. The wallet was found nearby.


Information from: The Detroit News,