Kitwana Jones of Edmonton Eskimos Tackles Purse-Snatcher
Kitwana Jones, a football player who plays defensive for the Edmonton Eskimos, captured a purse-snatcher the morning of Tuesday, July 21, using his well-honed tackling abilities.
Jones was on his way to a breakfast appearance at the Alberta legislature, when he heard screaming from outside his stopped car. He witnessed the second half of a purse and laptop snatching, with a man running away from an elderly lady with two handbags in his hands. The woman was chasing after the man and yelling for help while an older man attempted to stop the thief.
“The guy just ran through him, ran through the little block he had,” Jones said, saying the guy was “40 or 50 yards” ahead of him. “Nobody was going to stop this guy. It was just women and old people out. So it was just like, ‘Hey KJ, you gotta do what you gotta do.’ ”
At six feet and 227 pounds, Jones dashed out of his car and caught the robber in a blindside tackle. Police arrived several minutes later, praising Jones's efforts and turning him into a local celebrity.
Before joining the Eskimos, Jones was the leader in quarterback sacks on the Saskatchewan Roughriders, his former team. He was traded in May.
In 2002, six Eskimo players were featured as heros when they caught a woman who was forced to jump from a burning building, Teri Macleod.