James Dare said he wanted Friday the 13th to be a memorable day for the man who snatched a 69-year-old woman's purse outside a Glen Burnie grocery store.
"If I caught him," said Dare, the meat manager atthe Giant store on Crain Highway, "I was going to hurt him.
At about 4:15 p.m., Dare was getting a soda from a machine insidethe store when, as he explains it, "something told me" to look to the left.
When he did, he saw a man snatch a woman's purse and take off around the back of the building.
"I had my hand through the handle of the purse and was trying to put it up on my shoulder," said the victim, a Glen Burnie woman who was outside the store in the parcel pickup area, "when, just like lightning, someone came up on the left side of me and grabbed it."
The woman said she just stood there,not believing what had just happened, as Dare and some other people went after the man.
A former Army paratrooper, Dare said he told the others to go back and call the police.
Alone in the pursuit, hechased the thief around the building and into a nearby neighborhood.
As he closed in on him, he screamed: "You like that pocketbook? That's what I'm going to choke you with when I catch you."
That didit. The robber dropped the purse, but continued to run. Dare continued the chase, but lost him.
"I was hoping I would catch him and drag him back," he said.
The woman said she had $14 in her purse andis grateful that Dare was around to help her.
"I really appreciate it," she said. "Anyone takes a chance when they do something like that."
But Dare figures he just acted instinctively.