Good Samaritans stop accused purse-snatcher downtown

INDIANAPOLIS - Two good Samaritans helped stop an accused purse-snatcher downtown Tuesday afternoon.

Corey Goodnight, 25, faces charges after police said he grabbed bags from two women on the northwest corner of Meridian and Washington streets.

Within moments, two good Samaritans witnessed what was going on and came to the rescue, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said.

Police said they pounced on Goodnight and held him down until police could get to the scene.

"We sure thank them. We're glad no one else was injured in this incident. It’s bad luck for this guy. He happened to be downtown when a couple of people said we're not gonna tolerate that kind of behavior and sprang into action and saved the day," IMPD spokesman Chris Bailey said.

Police believe Goodnight may have robbed the women to fuel a drug problem. Authorities said Goodnight had a syringe in his pocket when he was arrested.

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