HAZARD — A Perry County man was recognized by Hazard Police Department (HPD) for his actions in stopping a purse snatching crime during the holidays.
On the evening of Dec. 27, Benjamin Todd Mobelini, 43, of Viper is alleged to have snatched a purse; he is then alleged to have assaulted the victim by pushing her down to the ground. The incident happened at the Daniel Boone Shopping Center.
Lonnie Hurt witnessed the alleged robbery and assault. He then chased down Mobelini and held him the ground until authorities arrived.
Hurt was honored with a certificate by Cheif Minor Allen and Deputy Cheif Joseph Engle on Jan. 3. He was praised by HPD for his actions in stopping the crime.
Mobelini was placed under arrest. HPD said he told officers the reason why he snatched the purse was because he needed money for his drug habit.
He is facing a second-degree robbery charge.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald; he can be reached at 606-629-3245.