Newport News good Samaritan takes action to help woman who was robbed

Posted at 8:47 AM, Jun 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-11 08:50:51-04

Newport News, Va. - A good Samaritan in Newport News took action to help a woman when she was robbed.

He was able to help get her money back - but the men who took it still haven't been caught.

Police have new surveillance video that they're hoping will help identify them.

Surveillance video captures the moment a woman was robbed inside of a Newport News store.

Speaking through a translator, Columba Suarez-Hinojosa told us about what happened.

"She says as she was running out of the store, she was just screaming in Spanish, this man just robbed me, this man just took my money."

It happened last month at the AT&T store on Jefferson Avenue near Patrick Henry Mall.

Suarez-Hinojsa says she was looking to buy a new phone - when two men grabbed her money and took off.

Michael Mcaloon saw what happened -- and ran after them, following one of them into a nearby parking lot.

"I told him, hey just give the money back and I guess he saw me coming at him and he eventually just put his hand behind his back and dropped the money."

Suarez-Hinojsa says she's very thankful he took action -- especially not knowing if the men were armed.

"She said she is so grateful to him because he was so brave."

"I was just doing what I thought was right, just that military instinct, you see, all these injustices in the newspaper and just it felt good to be able to do something about it."

Now police need others to take action as well -- they need help identifying the two men who took the money.

Mcaloon says they didn't look very old - maybe between 15 and 18 years old.

Suarez-Hinojsa says she hopes an arrest comes soon -- because along with her money -- they also took her sense of security.

"Now she has a lot of fear to go out by herself because she feels like at any time, something like that could happen."

If you recognize the men, call the Crime Line. Your tip will remain anonymous and you could get a cash reward.