Downtown Denver robber taken down by good Samaritans

DENVER - On Dec. 20, Denver police responded to the area of 16th and Cleveland Place in downtown Denver, on reports of a street robbery that occurred in broad daylight.

The robbery was reported at 1:55 p.m., according to Denver Police.

Officers talked to the victim, who said her purse was stolen and several witnesses who gave a detailed description, which was immediately aired.

Additional witnesses pursued the suspect, who challenged them, threatening his pursuers with a hammer. Undeterred, the witnesses tackled the suspect, according to police.

Denver Police Cpl. Haberman was traveling to headquarters when he saw a large crowd at 13th Avenue and Santa Fe.  He also saw the suspect being detained by the witnesses. After witnesses and the victim confirmed the party was the suspect from the street robbery, 41 year-old Norman Maynes was taken into custody for investigation of robbery and felony menacing.

Police announced the arrest on June 29 on their Facebook page.

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