A Roslindale mugger proved no match for a Marine lieutenant from Corona, CA, who, after hearing a woman screaming on Beach Street, relentlessly pursued him until he captured him for police, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
According to the DA's office, Demetrick Nealy, 27, grabbed the woman's purse from behind as she walked down Beach around 7:30 p.m., yesterday. She screamed.
"This young man saw what was happening and sprinted into action,â€ť DA Dan Conley said. â€śHe chased the suspect for about four blocks, tackled him, and held him for police."
The DA's office declined to name the officer because he is a crime witness, but did say he is 23.
Two plainclothes State Troopers saw the chase while driving by in their cruiser and caught up to the running pair at Stuart and Washington streets - where the Marine had tackled Nealy and held him on the ground until police could arrive, the DA's office says, adding the woman's purse was on the ground nearby.
Nealy was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court on a charge of unarmed robbery. Judge Mark Hart Summerville set bail at $5,000.