- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Boston purse snatchers beware: U.S. Marines are notorious for stopping crime on city streets at home or abroad.

When a woman walking along Beach Street in Boston’s Chinatown on Tuesday night had her purse stolen, her scream alerted a 23-year-old Marine from Corona, Calif., who immediately took action.

Alleged purse snatcher Demetrick Nealy ran for four blocks, but eventually the Marine in pursuit caught up, tackled him, and held on tight until the cops arrived to make an arrest, the Boston Globe reported.


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“This young man saw what was happening and sprinted into action,” Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in the statement.

The woman received her purse back and confirmed that nothing was missing.

“She was lucky to have a Good Samaritan looking out for her, but even luckier that he was a Marine,” Mr. Conley told the Globe.

Mr. Nealy, 26, pleaded not guilty to one count of unarmed robbery. His bail was set at $50,000 and he will return to court April 11, the Globe reported.