Bill Keating, other citizens, help nab Falmouth purse snatcher

Man arrested after stealing woman's purse in Falmouth restaurant

Bill Keating and several other citizens help nab purse snatcher

FALMOUTH - On Sunday, September 12, 2010, around 11 a.m., the Falmouth Police responded to a larceny in progress call at the Country Fare Restaurant on Main Street.

A female caller reported that a male customer had taken a female customer's pocketbook from a chair and ran out of the restaurant pursued by several of the restaurant's customers.

The man was described as a white male, approximately 6', dirty blond hair, wearing brown shorts and a t-shirt. He was seen running in the direction of Liam's. 

The Boston Globe reports: This robbery was over easy

"Either he ran out of gas, or he figured he wasn't going to outrun us." - Bill Keating.  Ana Paulina photo.

William Keating has been doing a lot of bragging about the 20 pounds he's lost on the campaign trail this summer, and having lost that weight might have benefited him yesterday.

Keating and his wife had just ordered breakfast at the Country Fare restaurant in Falmouth, where they went to enjoy a quiet break from the hectic final weekend of the primary race, when a major commotion broke out.

"There was a crash and some shouting,'' he recounted in a telephone interview. "And then a guy ran right past us with a woman's purse.''

The 10th Congressional District candidate and Norfolk district attorney had just become witness to a purse-snatching.

Apparently the Sunday morning crowd at Country Fare is rather protective of one another. A contingent of men and women chased the assailant out of the restaurant and onto Main Street. To hear Keating tell it, it must have been the most exciting thing to happen in Falmouth since he Cape Cod League stopped playing... Globe.

Officers located the suspect surrounded by several citizens including Norfolk County District Attorney William R. Keating, in an alley north of the Elm Arch Inn off Main Street.

The suspect, identified as Christopher M. Jones of Rogers Road in Falmouth, was taken into custody and transported to the Falmouth Police Department.  Jones was charged with Larceny from a Person, Possession of a Class B Controlled Substance (Clonazepam) and Possession of a Class E Controlled  Substance (Amlodipine). He also had one outstanding arrest warrant.  Jones' bail was set at $1,540.

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