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alleged purse snatcher is facing larceny charges after several good Samaritans chased him along downtown Boston streets Wednesday until he was arrested by a police officer working a paid detail, police said.


David Funderburg, 47, was ordered held on $5,000 cash bail after his arraignment on larceny and related charges before Boston Municipal Court Judge Eleanor Coe Sinnott, the Suffolk district attorney's office said. A pretrial hearing was set for Dec. 10.
Police said that, shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday, Funderburg grabbed a silver-colored purse from a woman who was in the Cosi restaurant on State Street and who shouted, "He's stealing my purse!"
Funderburg ran off with several people pursuing. During the foot chase, Funderburg threw the purse away, but it was recovered by one of the people chasing him, police said.
A Boston police officer working a paid detail near School Street saw the chase and joined in. With the help of an off-duty Providence police officer, he took Funderburg into custody after a brief struggle, police said.
Jonathan Keaveny, the court-appointed attorney for Funderburg, said it was too early to comment on the details of the case. "He's going to be denying responsibility, clearly," he said.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/11/14/good_samaritans_chase_suspect_in_theft/
 
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