Pregnant woman chases thief in anger
Flint – — A Michigan woman who gave birth to her son hours after a man stole her purse said she chased him down in the grocery store parking lot because it made her "really angry."
Kristen Thompson told the Flint Journal on Thursday the man robbed her in a grocery store parking lot Sept. 11, when she was nine months pregnant. As she was loading groceries into her truck, a man Thompson had seen inside the grocery store grabbed her purse from a shopping cart and took off running.
"When it happened, it made me really, really angry," she said.
"I was more mad than anything and determined to get (the purse) back."
The 22-year-old Flint resident said she ran after the thief, who fled around the side of the grocery store, and was confronted by him.
"He was right there and he shoved me down," Thompson said.
"I got back up and chased after him."
The pregnant woman spotted a couple of familiar bystanders nearby and asked for their help.
The two teen boys chased the man down, retrieved the purse and its contents and restrained the man until police arrived.
Mark Newton, 30, of Burton was arrested and arraigned on one count of unarmed robbery.
He was ordered held on $8,000 bond. A message seeking comment was left with his attorney Friday morning.
After the foiled theft, Thompson started having contractions and was taken to a local hospital.
She had an emergency cesarean section about six hours later.
Thompson questioned why she was chosen as the target.
"Of all people in the parking lot, why did you pick a pregnant chick?" Thompson said.
"I guess he didn't think I'd fight back.
"He was wrong."