Purse Snatcher Foiled by Boy, 8

Jose Alonso manages to get mom's wallet back
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2013 2:24 PM CDT
Purse Snatcher Foiled by Boy, 8

A would-be purse snatcher in Houston didn't know who he was dealing with. When 8-year-old Jose Alonso's mom left him and his sister in their SUV while she went inside a gas station Thursday, another SUV pulled up and a man opened the Alonsos' door and grabbed Jose's mom's purse. The 8-year-old jumped into action, managing to grab his mom's wallet out of the purse and then running after the fleeing suspect after he drove off, even though he was only wearing one shoe.

Why did he do it? "My sister's party was coming up and I wanted her to have her party and I wanted my mom to get all of her stuff back," Jose tells KPRC. He tells Click2Houston, "I told my sister just stay here, don’t do anything. I was scared a little bit, but I told myself just go with it. I ran as fast as I can, so I reached in and grabbed my mom’s black wallet with her credit cards." (In Maryland last month, another 8-year-old used karate to fend off a female attacker.)

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