PD: One woman assists another in helping police catch purse thief in Peoria

Posted at 12:24 PM, Sep 30, 2016

Court records show that on September 26, one woman came to the aid of another as her purse was being taken and she was dragged by a car. 

Police say that the victim, a 59-year-old woman, was in the Fry's parking lot near 91st and Olive avenues when 32-year-old Kevin David Leandro allegedly pushed her to the ground and stole her purse. 

The victim, who was wearing a back brace due to a back fracture, yelled for help and pursued Leandro to his car. 

A 64-year-old woman heard her and ran over to assist, finding Leandro's car and yelling out the license plate number. Leandro reportedly threw the purse in the car and started removing the license plate. He then allegedly pushed the woman out of the way before getting into the car.

While this was happening, the first woman retrieved her purse from the car and was trying to turn the vehicle off to prevent Leandro from escaping, when Leandro got into the car and took off. The woman was still in the car with her legs sticking out of the door.

Leandro tried pushing her out of the moving car but was unsuccessful. The woman pleaded for Leandro to stop the car, which he did and she was able to get out of the car before he fled. 

Police were able to track down Leandro at his home, near 112th Avenue and Indian School Road, and arrested him about an hour later.

He has been charged with robbery, endangerment and assault.