In Trenton, Ohio on December 6, a purse-snatcher tried to steal 87 year old Pat Goins’ purse at a local Kroger store. At around 11 a.m., Derek Vaughn, 58, stole her purse out of the shopping cart while inside the store. At least 10-15 people chased him into the grocery store parking lot. As he climbed into his car, one Good Samaritan yanked him onto the ground and held him until police arrived.
You have a million thoughts. You think, ‘This can’t be happening. Not to me. And then I screamed, ‘He stole my purse!’
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones told media that when the shoppers in the Trenton Kroger store witnessed the incident, they were “angry as hell.” He likened their reaction to a mob with “pitchforks” and remarked that Vaughn made a “terrible mistake.” The first shopper to chase him into the parking lot was Deshawn Pressley.
“I seen him run right past me, and after I seen him run past me, I ran after him. God wasn’t letting me let this guy get away.”
A video on local outlets show Vaughn reaching the parking lot being chased by witnesses. Deshawn Pressley reached him first, and tackled him to the ground. Pressley received a few minor sctraches in the altercation, but he also said it was worth it. Another witness picked up the victim’s purse that the suspect dropped as he was being tackled. The best part: the Trenton Kroger crowd made Vaughn apologize to Goins.
Pat Goins pointed at him and told him that if he needed something, all he would have had to do was ask.
What a piece of work. You come to this county and you do these kind of atrocities, you do these low-life things. … This 87-year-old woman can be your mother, your sister, can be your aunt, your wife, and they prey on these people. They look for people that are senior citizens … and they take advantage of them.
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones
Vaughn is charged with Robbery and Theft in the purse-snatching incident.