Pregnant woman helps chase down alleged mugger

April 27, 2010 2:46:16 PM PDT
A mugger learns a lesson when he goes after a woman eight months pregnant. She may have looked like an easy target but she wasn't, as she chased down the thief after he grabbed her cell phone at Garfield and Prospect Park West in Brooklyn.

"I didn't even think, I just took off running," said the unidentified expecting mother.

The victim says she dropped her three-year-old son off at school at 9:30 Monday morning.

On her way home, a mugger targeted the 33-year-old mother, snatched her cell phone and took off running into Prospect Park.

"I was checking my e-mail on my phone and then I put it in my pocket. Then this man came up behind me and just bashed me in the shoulder and I felt like my pocket ripping open," the victim said.

Despite being eight months pregnant the victim says the only thing she could think to do was chase after the thief. But she didn't have to chase for very long because a big group of good samaritans were right behind the man.

"At that point I ran out of steam and lost it in the park and there were all these women who gathered around me and helped me out. They called my husband," the victim adds.

Witnesses say there were a lot of people chasing the suspect in the park.

"It was like when you go with all the dogs and try to hunt the fox. There were a lot people right behind the guy running," said Tony Sanchez.

Police say two samaritans grabbed the suspect on First Street right outside the park, and a plain clothes police officer jumped in and held 18-year-old Guidil Covington.

"I kept feeling like I love my neighborhood even though it happened to me in the neighborhood. I feel like I can't help but love it. These people that I live around that would go so far out of their way to help me," the victim says.

Next time the victim said she hopes suspects will think twice before messing with a mom.