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Courageous woman tackles thief, holds him till cop gets there


Photo from New York Post

From New York Post…

Clara Vondrich, 36, was taking a business phone call while standing in front of a Williamsburg coffee shop on South Third Street at 1:20 p.m. when the teen approached her with two pals.

The 13-year-old, whose name is being withheld by The Post because he is a minor, allegedly pushed her from behind, nearly knocking her to the ground.

He ripped the phone from her hand and fled, said Vondrich and police sources. “I was all disoriented,” Vondrich told The Post. “My headphones almost came off. “I looked up and I saw him running with my phone.”

Wearing a pair of thick wedges and a sundress, Vondrich chased after him. Hot on the kid’s heels, she pleaded with him to give the cellphone back. “I was screaming the whole time, ‘Get that kid!’ ” Vondrich recalled. “I finally said, ‘Yo, I’ll give you $200 for that. Just stop.’ ”

Vondrich said the teen appeared to be out of shape and handed off the phone to his more nimble pal, who ran off. But she kept after the slow boy, who was huffing and puffing down Wythe Avenue during the five-block chase. The Wonder Woman grabbed hold of the teen at South Sixth Street and Wythe Avenue, wrapping her arms around his chest and pinning him against a car.

“He was so pudgy and was slowing down, so that’s why I caught up to him,” Vondrich said, adding she felt sorry for the kid.


When reached at her home, the boy’s mom chided Vondrich for grabbing her son.

“She has her hands all over him,” she said when she saw photos of the bust. “Why is she touching him like that?”

“He’s a very good boy,” the mother added. “He’s just been hanging out with the wrong crowd. I told him he has to stop hanging out with those boys.”


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