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Robbery Suspect Gets Caught By Rugby Team

A robbery suspect got a big surprise this week when he tried to escape from police.

It all started Tuesday evening in the Lincoln parking garage near Cushwa Hall on the YSU campus. Police say a young male suspect used a gun to rob a woman of her purse.

The juvenile then ran to elude police.

But when he ran to Walnut Street, on the other side of the MVR restaurant, he decided to dart across a practice football field. And unfortunately for him, there was a large group of rugby players practicing there at the same time.

They saw him and the police chasing him and it was on.

Once the teenager saw what was coming after him he didn't put up much of a fight.

"he took a look back and saw a couple of us chasing him and he just hit the ground so there was no tackling unfortunately," said Matt Ruse, one of the players.

Mike Mauer, another player, said, "I've been chased by rugby players but I've never had a whole team chase me so I couldn't imagine the fear going on in his head."

The Youngstown Steel Valley Rugby Club is a traveling team of mostly YSU graduates. They practice at the field a lot between games.

The police have two teens in custody for the robbery, including the runner.

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