Tough on crime: Akron mayor helps stop purse snatcher

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Shaun Hulett, 37 Photo Credit: Akron PD

AKRON — Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic is proving he is tough on crime, especially when it happens on his watch.

The mayor took matters into his own hands when a man snatched a woman’s purse at Barley House on South Main Street on Friday.

Mayor Plusquellic was at Barley House with some friends to listen to a band. When the gig was over, a woman with the mayor’s group discovered that her purse was missing.

The purse contained her car keys, and luckily, a second cell phone.

According to the mayor’s press secretary, the woman called the phone. That’s when the suspect answered and demanded $100 in exchange for the return of her things.

The mayor and the woman drove to the location given by the suspect, later identified as Shaun Hulett, 37, with police officers en route. Once there, the mayor started to chase the man, but officers caught up with him further down the street.

Thanks to some badgering from Mayor Plusquellic, Hulett soon admitted to police where he dropped the purse, the phone and the other items.

Hulett has been arrested at least eight times since November. He’s now charged with theft and obstruction of justice. He is free on bond tonight and will appear in court on Thursday.