SQUIRREL HILL (KDKA) — A man is being hailed as a hero after taking down a purse snatcher in Squirrel Hill.
It happened Saturday around 4 p.m. outside a Giant Eagle on Murray Avenue.
An 85-year-old woman was waiting on a bench for her ride when a man in a blue ski mask grabbed her purse and took off running.
A 31-year-old witness heard someone yelling and saw the suspect making a getaway on a bicycle.
He chased the suspect and tackled him off the bicycle.
That is when the good Samaritan warned the suspect that he had a gun, prompting the thief to drop the purse and escape.
Police say the witness did possess a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon.
The suspect is described as a white man wearing a brown coat, black hooded sweatshirt, tan pants and black boots.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact 911.