Dominion of New York


July 27, 2012

WATCH: iPhone Thief Tackled & Humiliated By Vigilantes

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Written by: Kelly Virella


ew York City has long shed its 1980s reputation as a criminal hell-hole. But its hard for many of us to shut off the parts of our brain that say this is a dangerous place, one requiring rescue from a superhero. So when a criminal gets caught in the act, it’s party time, no matter how minor the crime.

Yesterday, the exuberance stemmed from the foiled theft of an iPhone in lower Manhattan, the New York Post reports. The crook snatched it from a woman who was standing outside her office building. When she screamed two men began chasing him, and caught and tackled him. As a crowd of outraged bystanders formed, another man entered the scene and, taking a page from a Hollywood flick, placed his boot on the crook’s neck. When cops arrived, they handcuffed him.

One of the heroes video recorded the citizen arrest, ensuring the total humiliation of the crook. That’ll teach him a lesson. My only question is can we extend this to white collar crimes? Would love to see some of you tackle the financial criminals in your offices and hold them there for the police to arrive. Although I have to warn you, when they arrive, you might be the one arrested.


About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


Official portrait from his tenure as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.