Victim joined by bystanders to catch Kelowna purse snatcher

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KELOWNA - A man is in custody facing charges after he tried, and failed, to snatch a woman’s purse in downtown Kelowna yesterday afternoon.

RCMP say there were called about a fight around 12:14 p.m., Feb. 24, at the corner of Pandosy and Water Streets.

The officers arrived to find two men and a woman holding a third man on the ground, according to a media release.

Turns out the woman, 28, was the victim of an attempted purse snatching.

Police say she had just got out of her vehicle at the intersection when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her clutch wallet from under her arm and took off on foot.

The woman wasn’t hurt and called for help. Several people in the area 'jumped into action,' police say.

“Two Good Samaritans were allegedly assaulted during the apprehension of the suspect. The bystanders each sustained minor to moderate facial injuries,” Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says in the release. “Officers located the victim’s wallet pinned underneath the suspect as he was taken into police custody.”

A 21-year-old Kelowna man was scheduled to appear in court today, Feb. 25, facing several charges including robbery and assault.

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