Purse, expensive jewelry stolen from restaurant, patrons subdue suspect

Adam A. Ashby (Source: LMDC)
Adam A. Ashby (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A woman from Savannah, Georgia likely won't forget her first visit to the Derby City or the Good Samaritans who chased down the man accused of stealing her purse -- and the thousands of dollars worth of jewelry it contained -- at a downtown Louisville restaurant.

"Call the police, help me, call the police!," yelled Kathleen Feron.  She says her server, a bartender, and a married couple sitting on the patio stepped up to help her.

According to his arrest report, Adam A. Ashby, 23, grabbed the woman's purse, which was on the ground in the courtyard of the Bristol Bar & Grille at 614 West Main Street Thursday night, and then ran out the front door. Police said other patrons of the restaurant chased down Ashby and held him until an officer arrived on the scene. Ashby was taken into custody and the purse and its contents were recovered. Police said Ashby confessed to the crime in a recorded statement.  "What started out as a horrible experience has really been extremely uplifting," says Feron.

The arresting officer reported finding a screwdriver modified for breaking into various structures and six needles used for heroin injections in Ashby's possession.

Ashby is charged with theft by unlawful taking greater than $10,000, possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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