Good Samaritan injured trying to stop purse-snatcher
Man noticed purse-snatcher and knew something was wrong
Thieves dragged a good Samaritan in a mall parking lot after he tried to save a woman's stolen purse.
The victim, who asked that Local 2 protect her identity, was eating inside Memorial City Mall Friday night when someone stole her purse and took off.
She said, "I felt a little jar on my chair and looked up and saw someone running down the mall with my purse in their hand. I jumped up and screamed, 'My purse.'"
Michael Sparks knew something was wrong when he saw a young man walk out of the mall with a purse.
Sparks told Local 2, "When the guy ran out of the mall, he had a purse in his hand. Eighteen to 20 year-old guys don't have purses in their hand. I noticed something was wrong and tried to speed off and I, being stupid, tried to jump through the window and get them; but I hurt myself instead."
Sparks said the thieves dragged him, bloodied his leg and ran over his foot. Sparks served in the U.S. Army and trained to be a hero.
The victim said the thieves got away with her credit cards, money and phone. She reported the crime to Houston Police.