From the COLlive Inbox:
I wanted to report an incident that happened to me last night at around 8 p.m. while walking up Brooklyn ave. between Montgomery and Crown Streets.
I had just gotten off the phone talking to my husband, I was holding my new iphone in my hand when someone came from behind me and snatched it from me and ran away with it. I turned around and saw a dark man dressed in black with a gray hat, average height, running with my phone down Montgomery towards Kingston Avenue.
I refused to let him get away with it. I started screaming for help and chasing after him. Before I knew it, I was not alone and there were quite a few people chasing after him.
They continued chasing him trying to pursue him all the way down Kingston past Empire. After chasing him for 3 blocks and running out of breath I got to Empire and Kingston. There were quite a few members of Shomrim there and a few other people who had joined in the chase. They had also called the police. They weren’t sure if he had turned down Empire or continued down on Kingston towards Lefferts.
While I was on the corner with the shomrim I called my husband to tell him what had happened. While I was on the phone with him he got a call from someone from my phone saying that they found the phone. Apparently when the guy saw how many people were chasing him he dropped the phone, somone saw him drop the phone and picked it up and he found it.
As I was about to go to the 71st Precinct to file a police report, some people who had been so courageous in assisting in the chase had told me that just the night before there was a similar incident. Someone fitting the same description had also snatched a phone from another girl and her phone was not retrieved.
I was truly overwhelmed by all the people who helped me and seemed to really care and stopped their busy lives to get involved, including the police who drove me home afterwards and didn’t want me walking alone after I had this experience. It is truly amazing to see how many people really care to help someone in need.
It is a testimony to what kind of community we live in, so I would like everyone to know that we do have good people who have real ahavas yisroel.
Thank you all so much, and those out there who are reading this should be aware that there are people out there who are criminals who snatch phones and bags. Always be alert when walking alone, and don’t display these things – especially at night – and please be careful when texting or talking publicly.