Passers-by react quickly to calls for help

Friday, June 7, 2002

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A large crowd helped catch two men after a mugging near the Country Club Plaza Wednesday night.

A man walking in the area around 7 p.m. was jumped by two men. When he yelled for help the men ran off and got into a car, but others who heard the commotion quickly stepped in, with a motorist blocking their car.

"I just saw a bunch of people chasing a couple of guys," motorist David Alexander said. "I heard somebody yell, "'Stop them, stop them.' So when they jumped in a car and tried to get away, I pulled in front of them and stopped them."

Officer Chad Pickens said it was a chaotic scene when police arrived to make the arrests.

"There were three cars that looked like they'd been in some sort of a car wreck, and 15 to 20 people standing around two guys," he said.

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