Manitoba prosecutor on bicycle gives chase to purse snatcher

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WINNIPEG - The wheels of justice grind slow, even when it involves a Manitoba prosecutor on a fixed-gear road bike.
Crown attorney Adam Bergen found himself involved in an unusual "make-work" project Friday morning after he stumbled across a crime-in-progress and then pedalled after the perpetrator through downtown traffic.
Bergen, 32, said he saw a middle-aged woman being bowled over by an aggressive mugger who grabbed her purse just outside the legislature.
"At first I thought it must just be kids fooling around," he said. "It was brazen to say the least, at 8:30 in the morning."
Several Good Samaritans who were much closer than Bergen jumped in to help the woman and quickly wrestled her purse away from the thief, who managed to slip away.
Bergen decided to give chase.
"I figured since I was on my bike, I could catch him," he said. "I had my wheels so I would be faster than anyone else."
However, the man slipped into an apartment building and though police were called, he managed to elude capture.
Bergen admits the last thing his overworked and understaffed prosecutions department needs is for employees to be actively soliciting new cases.
But he said it was a no-brainer to try and do the right thing by helping out a fellow citizen.

Geographic location: Manitoba, WINNIPEG

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