Cops: Grocery workers nab purse snatcher

Four employees at a Copiague supermarket took a break from their regular jobs Saturday for a brief stint in law enforcement. The four workers are being hailed as heroes after they chased and tackled

News 12 Staff

Jun 8, 2009, 11:46 PM

Updated 5,513 days ago

Share:

Four employees at a Copiague supermarket took a break from their regular jobs Saturday for a brief stint in law enforcement.
The four workers are being hailed as heroes after they chased and tackled a would-be purse snatcher. Police say 21-year-old Louis Mancini grabbed an 89-year-old woman?s purse at the IGA store. A chase ensued when supermarket employees Anthony Cavasinni, Ryan Harrigan and Sean Harrigan heard the woman scream. Another employee, Zachary Nappo, followed his co-workers lead in pursuit of the alleged robber.
Ryan Harrigan, 17, says he and the others followed the alleged robber out of the store and to a fence at the back of the store?s property.
"There was a canal and it looked like he was going to jump in, so I grabbed him by the sweatshirt, by the hood and pulled him in and grabbed him up against the fence,? Ryan Harrigan says.
Harrigan says his brother, Sean, and Cavasinni soon caught up and helped restrain Mancini until police arrived.
The young men say the best part was being able to give the woman her purse back.
?She was very very thankful. She gave us a big hug and a kiss,? Cavasinni says. ?She really couldn't say much more. She was so happy and I am happy that she was happy and that fulfilled my day.?
Mancini is charged with robbery and grand larceny.


More from News 12
1:45
NY AG's Office releases body cam video of fatal police-involved shooting in Bay Shore

NY AG's Office releases body cam video of fatal police-involved shooting in Bay Shore

1:59
STORM WATCH: Warm temps with scattered showers and storms for Saturday before sunny skies on Sunday

STORM WATCH: Warm temps with scattered showers and storms for Saturday before sunny skies on Sunday

2:40
Gilgo Case: Suffolk DA speaks with News 12 ahead of one-year anniversary of Heuermann’s arrest

Gilgo Case: Suffolk DA speaks with News 12 ahead of one-year anniversary of Heuermann’s arrest

2:08
Blueprints of Heuermann home detail where pieces of evidence were found

Blueprints of Heuermann home detail where pieces of evidence were found

1:50
Spokesperson: Bomb threat called into district office of Rep. D'Esposito in Garden City

Spokesperson: Bomb threat called into district office of Rep. D'Esposito in Garden City

2:32
4 Stop & Shops to close on Long Island

4 Stop & Shops to close on Long Island

0:21
Police: Nurse at Nassau University Medical Center punched in the face by patient

Police: Nurse at Nassau University Medical Center punched in the face by patient

2:10
How to spot scams, fake listings on Amazon Prime Day 2024

How to spot scams, fake listings on Amazon Prime Day 2024

0:23
2 Suffolk schools chance mascot names to comply with state ban on Native American mascots

2 Suffolk schools chance mascot names to comply with state ban on Native American mascots

0:29
Bellport man accused of cutting off dog’s ears, leading to its death

Bellport man accused of cutting off dog’s ears, leading to its death

0:35
NY Office of Cannabis Management issues recall for ‘Sky High’ brand marijuana products

NY Office of Cannabis Management issues recall for ‘Sky High’ brand marijuana products

0:26
Gov. Hochul distributes extra resources to Long Island beaches to monitor for sharks

Gov. Hochul distributes extra resources to Long Island beaches to monitor for sharks

2:22
PSEG LI, Island Harvest partner for ‘Power to Feed’ food drive

PSEG LI, Island Harvest partner for ‘Power to Feed’ food drive

0:16
Officials: 3 rescued from boat in Oyster Bay Harbor

Officials: 3 rescued from boat in Oyster Bay Harbor

1:43
Long Island lacrosse stars support veterans with ‘Shootout for Soldiers’

Long Island lacrosse stars support veterans with ‘Shootout for Soldiers’

2:24
Food Truck Friday: Angie’s Empanadas

Food Truck Friday: Angie’s Empanadas

0:14
Man wanted for stealing $1,800 worth of medicine from Medford store

Man wanted for stealing $1,800 worth of medicine from Medford store

1:34
The Real Deal: How to beat inflation with a summer spending plan

The Real Deal: How to beat inflation with a summer spending plan

0:23
Police: Child dies days after being found unconscious in North Haven pool

Police: Child dies days after being found unconscious in North Haven pool

2:12
Best Beaches: We are at Coopers Beach in Southampton

Best Beaches: We are at Coopers Beach in Southampton