Purse snatching suspect caught by eyewitness - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Purse snatching suspect caught by eyewitness

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Sulphur man is arrested for purse snatching after an eyewitness takes action. Nick Kyle said he saw it all unfold Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of Academy Sports.

"I saw this man approach three women. He pushed the one in the middle down and took her purse. I thought it was a joke at first, then I saw the ladies screaming and running after him, and knew it wasn't a joke," recalled Kyle.

As the suspect fled on foot toward United Artist Theater, instinct set in and Kyle put his car in drive, foot on the accelerator and began to follow.

"When I got close enough to where I thought I could get out and grab him. I put the car in park and luckily I caught him and grabbed him by the back and put him on the ground," said Kyle.  

Kyle's fiance called 911 as the suspect 35-year-old Mark Quebodeaux tried to get away. After a brief struggle Kyle was able to hold Quebodeaux down for 10 minutes until Lake Charles Police arrived.

"While we were waiting - I asked him why he took the little girl's purse and he said he was hungry. I doubt very seriously that was the reason he did it," said Kyle.  

Quebodeaux was arrested and charged with purse snatching. It's a crime that usually goes unsolved and likely would have happened in this case authorities say had Kyle not taken action.

"I would definitely do it again. It was an adrenaline rush! I was just hoping somebody would do the same thing especially with the holidays coming up," said Kyle.  

At last check Quebodeaux remains in the Calcasieu Correctional Center on $40,000 bond.

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