Florida seniors tackle attempted purse snatcher

Florida seniors tackle attempted purse snatcher.

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This is a story from Dec. 2014

Florida man who attempted to snatch a woman’s purse was instead tackled to the ground by a group of senior citizens, leading to a broken rib and other injuries, according to a release from the Winter Haven Police Department.

Valerie Melzer, 68, was leaving Christmas Day dinner with her friends at a Chinese buffet in Winter Haven when police say 45-year-old Larry S. Kent Jr. tried to grab her purse.

Melzer wouldn’t budge, so he started dragging the woman across the parking lot. Her screams signaled her friends, 66-year-old Marvin Hotakainen and 73-year-old Paul Murray, to jump in and help.

Murray and Hotakainen tackled Kent to the ground as 67-year-old Patrick Cameron was coming out of the restaurant and heard what was going on. Together, the three men pinned Kent and got the BB gun he had on him, according to the release.

Melzer had only minor injuries and was treated at the scene, but Kent suffered a broken rib and other minor injuries from the scuffle and had to be taken to Winter Haven Hospital.

Polk County records show that Kent was charged with robbery with a firearm/deadly weapon, battery on person 65 years or older, possession of methamphetamine and
possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kent has been arrested 17 other times in Polk County on charges that range from forgery to battery to grand theft. He’s currently being held in the Polk County Jail without bond.

 

This is a good reason why you shouldn’t take advantage of the elderly, they will kick you’re ass.

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