New Orleans, LA – A good Samaritan rescued a woman who was being robbed in broad daylight on Wednesday on Canal Street and sent her attacker to the hospital.
The incident occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on May 11 in the 1000-block of Canal Street, between Rampart and Burgundy streets, The Times-Picayune, reported.
Police said a 37-year-old woman was walking down the street when 31-year-old Lorris Puckett approached her.
The woman told police that Puckett walked up and tried to snatch her purse, The Times-Picayune reported.
Police said the woman resisted and Puckett fought back.
She was struggling with Puckett when a bystander saw what was happening, The Times-Picayune reported.
The victim told police that the man “came to help” her.
Police said the good Samaritan stabbed Puckett multiple times, The Times-Picayune reported.
Investigators have not yet said whether the man used a knife to stab Puckett or if he used another kind of sharp instrument.
Police and fire department personnel responded to the scene and Puckett was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of his stab wounds, The Times-Picayune reported.
The purse-snatching suspect will be taken into custody and charged when he is released from the hospital, according to police.
Police have not released any information about the suspect’s medical condition.
A warrant for Puckett’s arrest has already been issued, according to WVUE.
A New Orleans Police Department spokesman told The Times-Picayune on May 12 that the good Samaritan that rescued the woman has not been charged with a crime.
Police have refused to release any additional details about the incident, including whether Puckett was armed when he attacked the woman and tried to steal her purse, The Times-Picayune reported.
Officials said the investigation into the incident was ongoing and the incident report was not yet complete.