Retired Deputy Takes Down Purse Snatchers

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A retired Stanislaus County Sheriff’s deputy sprang into action Tuesday night after two teens reportedly ran off with a woman’s purse.

The woman was trying to help them out; two teens, ages 18 and 17, asked the 75-year-old for spare change in front of the Raley’s on Floyd Avenue. She handed them a dollar. That’s when the duo ran off with her purse and knocked her to the ground.

She made her way back into the store as retired Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Drewry was heading out with his groceries.

The woman managed to give him a description, and he hopped on his scooter and went looking for them.

Drewry found them in Freedom Park and held them there until police arrived.

“I stopped the other one. He tried to get feisty with me, but that’s when I realized he was skinny like Justin Bieber and he only beats up on old ladies, ” Drewry said, who worked in law enforcement for more than a decade.¬†“He didn’t want to fight me.”

The entire time Drewry was on the phone with 911 dispatchers.

The two teens were hauled off to jail on robbery charges.

Mark Drewry doesn’t want to be called a hero or a good Samaritan.

“These guys were little punks and they only beat up on old ladies,” said Drewry.

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