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Man Charged With Assault After Tackling Mugging Suspect

August 14, 1986

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) _ A man who said he caught a mugger is now catching trouble because the alleged attacker has accused him of assault.

James Walski has a broken tooth and has lost time from work because, he said, he chased a man whom he saw mugging a woman, tackled the suspect and held him until police arrived.

Darryl Dunnell, 20, who police said faces a purse-snatching charge, has filed an assault complaint against Walski in connection with last month’s incident.

″He hit me and broke my tooth,″ the 30-year-old Walski said Wednesday after having two teeth pulled.

Walski, a welder, said he has to appear in Municipal Court on Aug. 18 for the assault complaint, and faces court appearances as a witness in the mugging.

Dunnell on Wednesday denied he mugged anyone, and said he just wants ″to get to court and get it over with.″ He refused to answer further questions.

Walski said he was having breakfast July 1 when he heard a woman yelling. ″I looked out the window, and saw this guy dragging a lady down the street.″

Walski said he chased the man, who released the woman and dropped her purse, and when he caught up with him, the man struck him.

The man broke away, but Walski said he caught him and pushed him into a fence before they fell.

Two neighbors ran over and held the suspect until police arrived.

Days later, Walski said, he got a summons in the mail accusing him of assault.

Walski contacted an attorney, who took a $50 consultation fee and said he needed $450 more for the case.

Walski dropped the attorney but said he has received an offer of free legal help.

″I’ve gone through a lot of trouble, lost a lot of days from work,″ he said. ″I’m going crazy over this. But I still would do it again.″

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