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Good Samaritans stop alleged purse snatcher

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

An alleged purse snatcher was arrested in Dearborn on Friday after two good Samaritans who saw the incident tackled him and held him down until police could make the arrest.

The alleged theft took place Jan. 27 at about 9 a.m. in the area of Warren Avenue and Steadman, Dearborn Police said in statement.

The victim, a 57-year-old Detroit woman, was walking on Warren when a 27-year-old man, since identified as Dandre Reginald-Devonn Heard, “forcibly took her purse from her,” the statement said.


Two men in the area saw the incident take place, the statement said. Rather than ignore it, they stepped in and tackled Heard, holding him down until police officers arrived and made an arrest.

The victim’s purse was found in an alley nearby. She left the incident unhurt.

Heard faces a charge of larceny from a person. At a bond hearing in Dearborn’s 34th District Court, Magistrate Meletios Golematis set Heard’s bond at $1,000 cash-or-surety. He’s due back in court for a probable cause conference on Feb. 10 at 9 a.m., and for a preliminary exam on Feb. 17 at 9 a.m.