Good Samaritans tackle purse-snatcher in Orlando store, police say

Orlando police: Bystanders held suspect until officers arrived

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:12:59 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 17 2013 03:19:34 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Two bystanders foiled a strong-armed robbery Wednesday night by tackling a man accused of stealing a purse inside an Orlando store.

Police arrested Odis Paul Tucker, 38, who they said took a woman's purse inside of the Cell Brothers store on South Semoran Boulevard at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.  Police said the victim was dragged out of the store by her purse and when she finally let go, he attempted to get into an SUV.

Tucker, however, was stopped by the Good Samaritans, Orlando police said.  The two men tackled Tucker and held it down until police arrived, according to officials.

Tucker was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail.