71-year-old and man in wheelchair nab suspect

June 3, 2008 9:54:40 AM PDT
A 21-year-old robbery suspect is jailed in Luzerne County thanks to the efforts of the 71-year-old victim and his friend in a wheelchair.

Harry Kopenis says he went to an ATM at a bank near his Kingston home Monday morning and withdrew $100 when a woman came out of nowhere. Police say the woman knocked Kopenis down, took his money and fled.

His neighbor Kevin Lamb was nearby in his electric wheelchair. Both men chased her. Lamb says Kopenis got the woman in a headlock and he grabbed the squirming woman.

The men weren't seriously injured.

The young woman faces theft, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief charges. She is locked up on $10,000 bail.


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