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Good Samaritan Killed Stopping Purse Snatcher

'It's tragic'

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan has died after protecting a woman from a would-be purse snatcher early yesterday in Phoenix, the Arizona Republic reports. Police say a man was attempting to take a 23-year-old woman's purse outside a residence shortly after midnight local time when 42-year-old Miguel Briseno intervened. He was... More »

Teen Dies Trying to Get iPhone Back From Mugger

Ruby Rubio had promised her mom she'd take care of new phone

(Newser) - Just a week after 15-year-old Ruby Rubio got an iPhone and promised her mother she'd treat the prized possession with care, a mugger snatched it from the girl while she was walking her 7-year-old sister home from school. The teen from Santa Ana, Calif., gave chase and managed to... More »

Congresswoman Mugged on Capitol Hill

NYC's Grace Meng left bruised, disoriented

(Newser) - Freshman lawmaker Rep. Grace Meng was shaken up but escaped serious injury in a mugging near her Capitol Hill home Tuesday evening, her office says. She was hit in the head and knocked to the ground by an attacker as she was walking home after dinner with a friend, Politico... More »

Would-Be Robbers Hold Tony Blair's Kid at Gunpoint

But they don't appear to be terribly skilled at actual robbery

(Newser) - Tony Blair's daughter came face to face with a gun barrel during an attempted robbery on Monday night, police say. Kathryn Blair, 25, was walking down a London street with her boyfriend and other friends when two men accosted them, police said. The would-be robbers had a gun, but... More »

Incredible Footage: Man Grabs Gun From Mugger

Would-be victim proceeds to smash friends' car window

(Newser) - It looks like a choreographed action sequence from a low-budget movie, but it's real surveillance footage from New Orleans: A shotgun-wielding would-be mugger charges a man, demanding money. But instead of reaching for his wallet, the victim grabs the shotgun pointed at his head and chases his attacker down... More »

Iran Executes Muggers Who Took Man's Coat

Video of crime was posted to YouTube

(Newser) - After pledging to get tough on growing street crime, Iran has publicly hanged two muggers who took a man's coat, bag, and cash in November, in a crime that was videotaped and posted to YouTube. The convicts were hanged by crane, whose operators lifted the men from the ground... More »

Casino 'Mugger' Was Really Sleepwalking: Lawyer

Says alleged mugger has history of sleepwalking

(Newser) - A man accused of an attempted mugging at a Connecticut casino can't be blamed for his actions, his lawyer says: He was sleepwalking. Winston Riley is accused of trying to rob a woman at knifepoint in a casino elevator. After she pushed him away, he ran for it, but... More »

Robbers Steal Bag of Dough From Pizzeria Owners

...and yep, we mean the kind that ends up in an oven

(Newser) - Another entry in the Dumb Criminals Department : Two men followed the owners of Brother's Pizzeria to their Staten Island home, donned masks, waved guns, and made off with a bag of dough. Except the bag didn't contain the day's cash: It contained—you guessed it—pizza dough. Salvatore LaRosa turned... More »

Aussie Ninjas Foil Mugging

Ninjitsu class interrupts attack outside martial arts school

(Newser) - A gang of would-be muggers picked the worst dark alley in Sydney to attack their victim—right outside the gates of a ninja school. A student at the Japanese martial arts school saw the attack and raised the alarm. The attackers hotfooted it as five black-clad ninjas ran out, the... More »

Johnny Depp's Star Power Stops Mugger

Would you really want to steal from 'Captain Jack'?

(Newser) - Johnny Depp: Just as swoon-worthy in real life as he is in the movies, at least according to the British tabloids. As the actor was leaving an LA recording studio with a friend, said friend got approached by a man brandishing a broken bottle. Hero-of-the-day Johnny looked the mugger “... More »

Machete-Armed Mugger Steals Man's Tacos

Robber doesn't take anything else

(Newser) - A mugger stole a Chicago-area man’s tacos and nothing else on Sunday. The victim was walking back to his car carrying 16 tacos from a restaurant when he was cornered by a man in a black ski mask brandishing a machete. The mugger demanded the food but didn’t... More »

Would-Be Robbers Return Wallet to Soldier

Milwaukee muggers thank man for service after seeing ID card

(Newser) - A group of Milwaukee muggers proved yesterday that there is, in fact, honor among thieves. After stopping a university student, holding a gun to his neck, and rummaging through his wallet, the group spotted an Army ID and decided to spare the man. "At one point he actually thanked... More »

Triple Mugging Rattles Central Park

One man busted, cohorts on the loose

(Newser) - An armed mugging of three men in Central Park has rattled New Yorkers who were beginning to get used to feeling safe strolling in Manhattan's famous green space. Two park strollers were accosted before dawn yesterday by a gunman and two cohorts who emptied the men's pockets. When a third... More »

Boxing Champ Vernon Forrest Shot Dead

'The Viper' shot after gunpoint robbery: police

(Newser) - Former pro boxer Vernon “the Viper” Forrest was shot and killed Saturday night in a skirmish after he was robbed, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Forrest had stopped at a gas station to fill his tires with air when a man robbed him at gunpoint. The armed ex-fighter chased the... More »

Brit Princess Bodyguards Foil Cambodian Muggers

Royal protection officers swoop after robbers target princess and friend

(Newser) - A Cambodian mugger got more than he bargained for when he targeted two British backpackers walking late at night in Phnom Penh, the Daily Telegraph reports. He grabbed the purse of one of  the young women, only to be swiftly tackled by bodyguards tailing her companion—Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, Princess... More »

MSNBC's Brzezinski Mugged in DC

Anchor out $6 after early-morning attack in front of hotel; assailant wanted $20

(Newser) - MSNBC Morning Joe co-anchor Mika Brzezinski “was very scared” when she was mugged early this morning outside a Washington hotel, the Post reports. As she waited for a car, a man approached her and said, “Give me your money and you won’t get hurt.” Brzezinski gave... More »

Student's Hefty Handbag Takes Bullet for Her

Stuffed tote saves life during struggle with mugger

(Newser) - A 22-year-old Tennessee college student has her overstuffed, oversize handbag to thank for escaping unscathed from a struggle with an armed mugger, she tells NBC’s Today Show. After stealing her cell phone, the attacker fired at Elizabeth Pittenger from 4 feet away. The junk in her handbag—including an... More »

Oh Bother: Pooh Bear Arrested

Held for robbery, assault

(Newser) - Japanese police arrested a man today for attacking and robbing two people who looked askance at his Winnie the Pooh costume. It was after midnight when the 20-year-old, accompanied by friends dressed as a mouse and panther, approached two unlucky onlookers in Tokyo. “What are you staring at?” the... More »

Game Over for Teens 'Acting Out' Grand Theft Auto

Six bored pals launched crime spree: cops

(Newser) - Six bored Long Island teenagers have been busted for acting out the violent themes of the controversial video game Grand Theft Auto IV with a real life spree of break-ins, a mugging, a beating and a carjacking, police charge. "These teens have difficulty separating fact from fiction, fantasy from... More »

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