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POLICE: Quarterback tackles purse thief

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Posted at 3:48 AM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 07:38:05-05

He's already the University of Rochester quarterback, and now Lockport native Dan Bronson can add crime stopper to his resume.

Bronson was leaving a Lockport restaurant earlier this month when he says he saw a man snatch a purse from an elderly woman.  Bronson made the split-second decision to chase the man down.

"After about 75 yards he dropped the purse but I kept chasing him.  I didn't care about the purse at that point. I just wanted to get him.  I tackled him and put him in a choke hold," Bronson said.

Bronson and two other men held the man down until police showed up.  He's been identified as 31-year-old Matthew Biles.  Police say he's wanted for another similar crime.  State Police will be honoring Bronson and the other men who helped him hold Biles down.