However, Valles’ actions caught the attention of a Cleveland news station who ran a story on Valles this week. The victim told Cleveland’s Fox 8 that she was happy to get her purse back as part of that story.
“Somebody showed up and pulled a knife on (me). And he said, ‘Gimme your handbag.’ So I gave him the handbag. He had a knife,” the victim said in the story.
Valles told the Springfield News-Sun the victim was OK after the incident but was scared and shook up.
“She was thankful, I go to that church and she was my church member,” Valles said. “She tried to give me an extra plate of rice at church dinner.”
Valles moved from Springfield when he was in high school but still has family in the area. He encourages everyone to be more careful now that the weather is colder because crooks are more desperate.
“Be more alert of your surroundings,” he said.