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Five Female Students Chase, Catch Burglary Suspect

July 22, 1986

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ By the time police arrived at the apartment of three college students who reported a robbery, the students had chased, caught and wrung a confession from a suspect, police and one of the students said.

The three women, students at Johnson & Wales College, and two friends from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, told police a man darted out the door of their apartment when they arrived home around 3 a.m. Monday.

The women said they followed the man, and three of them cornered the suspect more than 10 blocks away.

″It was hysterical,″ said Susanne Aanonsen, one of the Johnson & Wales students. ″They were pulling things out of his pockets. He was taking his shoes and socks off.″

″They had a cup full of jewelry of ours and money. He just kept saying ’Don’t call the cops. Don’t call the cops.‴

Ms. Aanonsen said the women considered letting the suspect go because ″he just seemed so pathetic.″

″He even asked permission to put his socks back on,″ she said.

Stephen G. Nadeau, 26, was charged with breaking and entering. He was arraigned Monday and released on personal recognizance. Several gold chains and bracelets, a strand of pearls and $21 was recovered, police said.

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