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Good Samaritan Stabs Purse Snatcher To Rescue Woman On New Orleans Street

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.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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