An aisle away, Deshawn Pressley was shopping with his family. He heard the scream. His daughter’s mother saw a man run by with a purse. That’s when he started running, too.
“So, I turned around really fast and I got on his butt. I had to get him. I had to get that purse back,” Pressley said.
The 27-year-old Middletown man said the alleged thief was nearly inside a running vehicle when he was able to wrestle him to the ground.
Others came to Pressley’s aid as the struggle continued.
“Two other guys saw him fighting me. They said, ‘nah, wait a minute, we have to get this guy down’.” Pressley said. He said people formed a circle around him as he tried to keep the suspect down.
Lots of shoppers gathered in the parking lot — even the women, Goins remembered.
“I think I emptied out the store,” she said. “They were making a statement by their presence. I am very thankful.”
Goins identified Vaughn as the man who took her purse.
She said, “I had a few choice words for him that can’t be repeated.”
Pressley said as Vaughn was trying to break free, he kept saying he didn’t want to go back to jail.
“I was like, ‘I am sorry Sir, you picked the wrong day and the wrong store,” Pressley said.
Vaughn, was charged with robbery and theft, both felonies because of the victim’s age. He was booked into the Middletown City Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Middletown Municipal Court on Monday where bond as set at $55,000.
Vaughn is scheduled to be back in court Dec. 13 for a preliminary hearing.