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Roller derby queen chases down purse snatcher in Washington state: ‘I can outrun you. Give it up’
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Friday, August 7, 2015, 12:55 PM
Heidi Muat, who is known around the rink as "Ida B. ChoAzz," chased down a man after he stole a purse in Spokane, Washington.
A tough roller derby queen in Washington state is being hailed a hero after she chased down a purse snatcher while dodging traffic and then helped cops nab him.
Heidi Muat, who is known around the rink as "Ida B. ChoAzz," sprang into action after she saw a man racing out of a Spokane grocery store with a woman's handbag, KXLY-4 reported.
"I had no idea what was going on but I thought, 'He needs to be chased because that doesn't look like his purse,'" the 42-year-old nurse told the TV station.
"I just flung my sun glasses and everything and started running after him."
Muat, who's on the local Spokannibals Roller Derby team, stayed close on his tail as the two weaved their way through four lanes of traffic on a busy freeway.
"He looked and saw he had nowhere to go other than running, and I said, 'I can outrun you. Give it up.' And he just looked at me and tossed the purse," she said.
Spokane police arrested Ronald Warner, 36, last Wednesday within 24 hours of learning about the crime after Muat alerted a friend in the force, Officer Teresa Fuller told the Daily News. Warner was charged with three counts of possession of stolen property and also had a felony warrant out for his arrest in Missouri for child abuse, Fuller said. Security footage from the supermarket captured the alleged robber snatching the purse out of a cart and dashing out of the store.
The handbag, which had three credit cards inside, belonged to local resident Bill Erwin's wife, police said. "We decided to get some ice cream, so I left my wife and the cart and was walking down to the ice cream aisle and I heard my wife scream, 'He's got my purse!'" Erwin told KXLY-4. The couple embraced Muat and thanked her for being a Good Samaritan. "I would describe her as a hero," Fuller told the News. "It took a lot of courage to chase after the guy."