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Good Samaritans: Coming to the aid of a victim is not without risk Part-1

Shoppers carry their purchases along the Magnificent Mile shopping district November 30, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Black Friday brought out millions of shoppers and also a number of thieves looking for potential victims who might not be paying enough attention to what is going on around them. One such victim was walking on East Erie Street near North Wabash Avenue when she was attacked.

The suspect, Richard D. Mendoza, 31, came up behind the 44-year-old woman, choked her, grabbed her purse, pushed her to the ground and kicked her.

Fortunately three Good Samaritans came to the aid of the victim and chased the parolee, along the Magnificent Mile, eventually trapping him in the back seat of a cab, in which he was trying to make good his escape.

One of the Good Samaritans, Mike Hochhauser, 31, said he didn’t hesitate to chase the suspect, once he stepped out of his building and allegedly saw Mendoza stomping on a woman while trying to steal her purse.

“Honestly, I just started running after him, thinking, ‘I’m not going to let this guy get away with this. There’s no way I’m going to let that happen to somebody,’” Hochhauser said.

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Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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