Wednesday, May 02, 2007

With a prom dress, tiara and combat boots

Alas, i wish all girls could be California grrrrls... (And can you imagine the theives having to explain this episode to their cell-mates in prison?)

SAN FRANCISCO - In a bizarre scene that seemed straight out of "The Streets of San Francisco," a San Anselmo teen chased thieves across Union Square Tuesday, capturing one and leading police to another. The big difference from the old television show was that Karl Malden and Michael Douglas never wore a prom dress, tiara and combat boots. Erin Schrode, a 16-year-old sophomore at Marin Academy, was decked out in prom gear and boots when she jumped into pursuit of three youths who swiped a friend's purse and a laptop computer at an afternoon protest rally.

The race lasted several blocks as Schrode kept up with the crooks, aided by an occasional onlooker, before catching one youth at the corner of Grant Avenue and Market Street. Bystanders detained the suspect as Schrode sped off down Market Street before San Francisco police joined the pursuit and caught the suspect. The third suspect vanished. "I wasn't going to let them get away," Schrode said. "They were 30 or 40 feet away from me when they took it in front of hundreds of people in Union Square. What were they thinking?" Schrode said she was shouting for others to stop the young men and to call police as she ran along busy blocks of Stockton Street and Maiden Lane.

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