Charles R. Webb- a Good Samaritan turned felon.
All Mr. Webb tried to do- according to the Springfield (MO) NEWS-LEADER- was to stop a couple of purse-snatchers at a Springfield Price Cutters grocery store last Friday.
Webb- waiting in his car for his wife who was shopping- watched from the parking lot as a young man snatched 75-year-old Mary O'Neal's purse- then ran to and jumped into a waiting SUV and roared off.
Webb- who has a concealed carry permit for his 9-mm handgun- gave chase.
Webb cornered the suspects in a nearby parking lot and fired 3 times- trying to flatten the tires of the suspect's SUV.
The suspects- with Webb close behind- roared off. The suspects led Webb out of town on an "80 mph" chase- then back again.
When the suspects stopped again on another Springfield street- Webb with his 9-mm handgun drawn- approached the SUV and ordered the driver to stop the engine and throw out the stolen purse.
The suspects complied- then managed to re-start the SUV with a spare key and speed away- leaving the stolen purse on the ground. Webb didn't chase them this time.
Ms. O'Neal got her purse back but Springfield police arrested Good Samaritan Webb later that Friday and charged him with "unlawful use of a weapon, a class D felony."
The actual criminals got away.