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Good Samaritans help police catch robbery suspect

By Michelle Paynter - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A couple of good Samaritans chased down a robbery suspect in broad daylight.

Lindsay Wingfield went to a Suntrust ATM on Bull Street in downtown Savannah at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. She had $200 in waitress tip money to deposit. But before she could get the cash into the machine, she says someone came up behind her, grabbed the money and ran. 

"I'm running down the street yelling, 'He stole my money, he stole my money,'" Wingfield said.

A man having a drink at Jen's and Friends across the street ran to her aid.

"He flew past me and I was like oh that's awesome a citizen's arrest or something," Wingfield said.

Then a second man, Adam Wolfinger, joined the chase. "I didn't even think about it. I just heard it and got on my bike, didn't even think," he said.

Wingfield said during the chase she lost her shoe, her bike and she lost the suspect. But the two good Samaritans were on his tail.

"We kept up pace with the guy, he tried to get on a CAT bus, we blocked the CAT bus off. The other guy who was chasing him was on my cell phone and we gave a step-by-step of where we were," Wolfinger said. "The guy kept zigzagging through downtown."

Sounds dangerous but Wolfinger said he never worried about his own safety.

"The suspect looked more scared than I was," he said. "He didn't know what was happening. He almost look terrified."

Wolfinger and the other good Samaritan even chased the suspect through a west Savannah health clinic, then across the street to Fred Wessels Homes along East Broad Street.

"We watched him walk into the house," Wolfinger said. "The other guy got the front door, I watched the back door. We kept him pinned down until the cops came."

Savannah-Chatham police arrested Frank Frazier and charged him with robbery.

Even though Wingfield did not get her money back, she said she's so thankful Wolfinger and the other man who came to her rescue.

"I like it when people help out perfect strangers," she said. "It makes you feel good you know."

And she feels good knowing the man who police say robbed her is behind bars.

Wingfield did manage to get her shoe and her bicycle back. The folks at Jen's and Friends got them while Wingfield was chasing the suspect and kept them for her at the bar until she returned.

Police said they don't know what the suspect did with her money.

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