Mobile phone theft suspect is stopped by HUGE rugby tackle before woman steps in to apply chokehold

Moment the people fight back: Mobile phone theft suspect is stopped in his tracks by HUGE rugby tackle from passer-by before middle-aged woman steps in to apply chokehold to stop him getting away

  • Footage shows the unidentified individual sprinting along St Thomas Street
  • The suspect was wearing black clothing and a surgical mask to cover his face
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This is the brave moment a mobile phone theft suspect is stopped in his tracks by a huge rugby tackle from a passer-by before a woman applies a chokehold to stop him getting away.

Footage shared on social media shows the unidentified individual sprinting along St Thomas Street near Borough Market in London on Thursday at 3.17pm.

However the suspect, who was wearing black clothing which included a baseball cap and surgical mask to cover his face, was met by hero Londoners.

As calls of ‘trip him up’ can be heard in the background, a bystander steps off the pavement and rugby tackles the alleged thief into barriers lining the street.

A middle-aged woman then applies a chokehold to stop him getting away as the suspect screams: ‘Please my neck, my neck. Let me sit up. I can’t breathe.’

This is the brave moment a mobile phone theft suspect is stopped in his tracks by a huge rugby tackle from a passer-by before a woman applies a chokehold to stop him getting away

Footage shared on social media shows the unidentified individual sprinting along St Thomas Street near Borough Market in London on Thursday at 3.17pm

Footage shared on social media shows the unidentified individual sprinting along St Thomas Street near Borough Market in London on Thursday at 3.17pm

Another man attempts to calm the erratic suspect as confused onlookers ask what is happening.

Several witnesses can be heard saying ‘call the police’, while one states: ‘Rob people and that’s what happens.’

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘Police were called to St Thomas Street, SE1 on 29 September at 15.17hrs to reports of a robbery.

‘It was reported that a woman had her phone stolen by a male who was then detained by members of the public.

‘When officers arrived a short time later, the male and members of the public had left the scene. The phone had been recovered and was back in the woman’s possession.

‘There have been no arrests. Inquiries continues.’

As calls of 'trip him up' can be heard in the background, a bystander steps off the pavement and rugby tackles the alleged thief into barriers lining the street

A middle-aged woman then applies a chokehold to stop him getting away as the suspect screams: 'Please my neck, my neck.  Let me sit up.  I can't breathe

However the suspect, who was wearing black clothing which included a baseball cap and surgical mask to cover his face, was met by hero Londoners

Several witnesses can be heard saying 'call the police', while one states: 'Rob people and that's what happens'

Several witnesses can be heard saying ‘call the police’, while one states: ‘Rob people and that’s what happens’

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