For the second time in ten days, bystanders didn't just watch a woman get mugged - they chased after her attackers.
Boston Police report officers on patrol spotted a man being chased across the Common around 7:40 p.m. yesterday. Their professional curiosity aroused, they then watched as a male pursuer tackled the fleeing man. Based on interviews, police say:
One of the male suspects robbed the victim of her cell phone. While the victim was distracted, a second suspect came from behind the victim and stole her laptop from under her backpack. During a brief struggle, one of the male suspects pulled a knife from his pocket, threatened the victims, and then fled on foot. Officers observed a folding knife, a lighter, and a watch under the male suspect while he was being apprehended.
Police say that, as in a mugging near the Pru last week, at least two bystanders jumped in to help go after the attackers.
The guy they stopped is a 17-year-old from Dorchester, who now faces charges of armed robbery and assault by means of a dangerous weapon, police say. The second mugger, however, managed to escape.