Suspected purse thief chased down by victim and citizen posse

Posted Monday, May 12, 2014 --- 1:36 p.m.

Madison Police say a suspected purse thief ended up being chased down by a victim and a citizen posse Sunday afternoon.

The chase began after a man grabbed a Cross Plains woman's purse at the Locker Room Sports Bar & Grill. She had placed it on a table at the Roth St. bar when she saw someone taking it out of the corner of her eye.

The victim, her friend and a couple of other patrons chased the thief and temporarily cornered him in a parking lot near Aberg Ave. He dropped the purse and was able to get away.

One posse member continued the chase and was able to give location information to police.

The suspect, 32-year-old Ramsey Hammond Jr., was captured in the 1300 block of Crowley Ave. and was arrested for theft.

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