- The Washington Times - Friday, June 5, 2015

A group of New Yorkers sprang into action Wednesday after they witnessed a mugger drag a woman across the street while clutching to her bag.

Theodore Shearin, 37, allegedly grabbed a backpack belonging to an unnamed woman on 35th Street and 8th Avenue and dragged her across the street as she desperately tried to hold onto it, Gothamist reported.

At that point, a group of passersby grabbed Mr. Shearin and held him down.

Video taken from the incident and posted on YouTube shows one man holding Mr. Shearin on the ground in a headlock and at least four others holding his arms and legs. They then start emptying the suspect’s pockets and handing items back to the victim.

At one point, one of the good Samaritans asks the victim, “Do you want to press charges?” to which she cries out, “Yes, he’s an [expletive]!”

“While leaving work today, I had the great fortune of witnessing firsthand why New Yorkers are so [expletive] awesome,” wrote J Bryant of Coed, who recorded the video. “Without a second thought, 10 to 12 citizens tackled this huge thug and took him to the ground. Just as many came to the aid of the victim and helped gather her belonging that were spread all across street in rush hour traffic. It wasn’t a black thing or a white thing, it was just good people doing the right thing.”

Mr. Shearin ended up fleeing the scene but was later arrested by MTA police Wednesday evening. He’s charged with robbery, assault, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a controlled substance, Gothamist reported.

*Warning: Video contains graphic language*

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