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Good Samaritans Tackle Screwdriver-Armed Robber, Cops Say

Chicago Police are applauding two Good Samaritans for their work detaining an accused robber in Lincoln Park over the weekend.

Police are crediting two Good Samaritans with the arrest of a man who they say was armed with a screwdriver Saturday night when he stole a woman's purse in Lincoln Park.

Jose Rodriguez, 30, reportedly approached the 29-year-old victim around 11:45 p.m. in the 800 block of West Diversey Parkway, which is near the street's intersection with North Halsted Street, according to a Chicago Police Department written statement. 

Demanding money, he reportedly threatened the woman using a screwdriver. He pressed it against her torso, police said.

A male witness followed Rodriguez when he ran away with the bag.

While the suspect passed another man, the witness yelled to that man, a 24-year-old, asking that he stop him. The two then teamed up to wrestle Rodriguez to the ground, according to police.

Officers eventually arrived on scene and charged Rodriguez with armed robbery with a weapon. He was also arrested on an active warrant for violating parole.

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