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NYC Police Commissioner Helps Collar Purse Snatcher

November 7, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ Police Commissioner Benjamin Ward chased and helped arrest a purse snatcher who interrupted his lunch Wednesday, officers said.

Ward was having lunch with the department’s director of employee management, Helen Tanzosh, at the Beaten Path restaurant, about two blocks from City Hall in Lower Manhattan, according to police spokesman Officer Lorris Hollomon.

About 2 p.m., Hollomon said, Mrs. Tanzosh discovered that her purse was missing and she told the commissioner that she recalled seeing a man place his topcoat near her pocketbook.

Ward dashed out of the restaurant as he and his security officer, Det. Vincent Esposito, and his driver, Det. Appleton Powlet, started chasing a suspect. They were joined by two officers, Melvin Mays and Gene Judd.

They ran, Hollomon said, eastbound on Warren Street, then northbound on Broadway, where the suspect entered a cafe.

Esposito arrested Norman Harrold, 43, of Manhattan, who was being held on grand larceny charges, Hollomon said. Also arrested was Tammy Martin, 19, of the same address, but Hollomon had no further details. He said she was being held on charges of obstructing governmental administration .

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