A scar-faced robber picked the wrong moment to snatch a woman’s handbag ... just as former pub doorman Matthew Knox was passing with his pet rottweiler.
Seconds later the game was up and the brazen thief was flat on his back with 27-year-old Matthew pinning him to the floor.
Max wasn’t much help. He was more interested in sniffing trees than biting anyone.Jodie Foy
“He couldn’t have picked a worse time,” said the have-a-go-hero’s partner, Jodie Foy, 24.
“It all happened in a flash. One minute we were walking along with the dog and the next Matthew had dropped the lead, caught the bloke and was sitting on him.”
The victim, who hasn’t been identified, was unharmed and her handbag was retrieved intact, but the culprit managed to struggle free and ran off before police arrived at the scene in Walton-le-Dale.
Award-winning painter and decorator Matthew said: “I only did what anyone else would have done. I couldn’t just stand there and let him get away with the poor woman’s bag.”
But partner Jodie said: “I’m proud of Matthew. He’s such a humble sort of guy, he didn’t want any fuss afterwards – and still doesn’t.
“He says it was nothing but I think he deserves a bit of fuss. He’s a hero. If he hadn’t reacted as quickly as he did the lady would have lost her belongings.
“The thief was quite aggressive and was fighting for ages to get free while Matthew just sat on him. Eventually he had to let go and the bloke ran off.”
The couple, who live in Hastings Road, Leyland, were walking their dog Max in Walton Park near the Capital Centre when the robber struck.
Police are trying to trace the bag snatcher. He is described as in his early-40s, with a shaved head and a large scar across his face. He was wearing a black coat, jeans and white trainers.
“The poor woman was quite shaken up afterwards but she was grateful she got her bag back,” added Jodie. “Max wasn’t much help. He was more interested in sniffing trees than biting anyone.
“Matthew is such a modest guy that he hasn’t said anything to anyone about it. But that’s typical of him. He recently won an award as the most trusted decorator and went down south to receive it – but he didn’t tell a soul.”