Dash Camera Captures Good Samaritans Chase Down Purse Snatcher Who Attacked Woman in Santa Monica

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Two good Samaritans sprung into action Tuesday after witnessing a purse snatcher violently attack a woman in Santa Monica, and their good deed was caught on dash camera.

Alleged Santa Monica purse snatcher Louis Bradford is seen in a booking photo released by the Santa Monica Police Department.
Alleged Santa Monica purse snatcher Louis Bradford is seen in a booking photo released by the Santa Monica Police Department.

The woman was attacked about 9:40 a.m. while walking in a crosswalk at Hill and Main streets, when a man who was walking in the opposite direction grabbed her purse. Police said the woman tried to fight the man off, but he managed to wrestle the purse away from her and run off.

Two good Samaritans wasted no time,  jumping out of the Mercedes they were driving in and running across the street to chase the purse snatcher. Santa Monica police said the suspect, Louis Bradford, was caught about a block away trying to take property from another victim.

Bradford, 30, was arrested and booked on robbery and attempted robbery charges, the Santa Monica Police Department reported.

SMPD detectives have not yet been in contact with the two good Samaritans. If they wish to come forward, they can call Det. C. Goodwin at 310-458-8942 or Sgt. M. Sumlin at 310-458-8437.

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