Democratic Candidate for 10th Congressional District Chases Down and Literally Captures a Purse Snatcher on Sunday in Falmouth
Keating was having breakfast with his wife at the Colony Fare restaurant in Falmouth, when a man overturned a stool, grabbed a woman’s purse and ran out of the restaurant.
A number of diners, including Keating ran after the man. The suspect, Christopher Jones, 29, dropped the purse and continued running, but Keating, 59, and another man continued after him, tackled him and held him until police arrived.
It turns out the purse contained thousands in cash to pay for their daughter’s wedding. The grateful family paid for Keating’s breakfast.
The Globe has a nice article on it. The Globe, who has endorsed Keating’s opponent, Robert O’Leary, had this to say in its article:
Keatingâ€™s heroics wonâ€™t, and shouldnâ€™t, have any effect on his Democratic primary tomorrow in the 10th District, where he has been locked in what most observers consider a very close battle against state Senator Robert Oâ€™Leary. Chasing a purse-snatcher is a show of civic responsibility that would be expected of most average folk; it does not in itself amount to grounds for winning someoneâ€™s vote.
The good old Globe. God love them – they really take their endorsements seriously. This leaves Robert O’Leary in a tough spot, as he now has only one day to catch aÂ thief. Jeff Perry on the other hand has more than two months and believes he can catch at least two by November.
WHDH has a story on it, with a video interview and re-enactment.