Vigilante Grandma Tackles, Humiliates Man Fleeing Police

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 40-year-old Washington grandmother tackled a 20-year-old man she spotted fleeing police in Richland last week.

Becky Powell spotted the suspect as she was riding in a car with her husband Wednesday, Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb told the Tri-City Herald. She told her him to speed ahead of the suspect, 20-year-old Joseph Lewis Fry, so she could confront him.

"I told my husband (the cop) is never going to catch him," said Powell.

While the car was still moving, Powell jumped out and confronted Fry.

"I got into a football stance and said, 'You're going to stay here,' " Powell said. "He stiff-armed me and I just wrapped him up and threw him on the ground."

She tackled Fry by grabbing onto his shorts and underwear, effectively pulling them down in the process.

"I whispered in his ear, 'How does it feel to be taken down by a mother of five and a grandmother of three?'" she said.

Another man helped pin Fry down and police eventually caught up and arrested the suspect. Fry allegedly ran because of an outstanding warrant, Cobb said.

One police officer reportedly gave Powell a high-five, but Cobb cautioned other citizens to refrain from vigilante tactics.

"We appreciate the assistance, but we don't want to have people get involved because they can get hurt," he said.

Sources: Tri-City Herald, Atlanta Journal Constitution

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons / Kim Scarborough