PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof fought with and restrained a burglary suspect he found in his Philadelphia hotel room who tried to steal his wife’s purse.
Kristof said on Twitter there had been “big excitement” when he “interrupted an intruder” in his room Saturday morning at the Franklin Hotel near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Old City. The suspect was restrained after a chase and a fight.READ MORE: North Philadelphia Rat Infestation 'Subsiding And Leaving Slowly' After City Officials Lay Down Poison In Empty Lot
A police spokesman said the 58-year-old suspect threatened to stab Kristof but the columnist chased him to the lobby level and he and a witness were able to detain him until officers arrived.
Kristof said in another message that he had a wrenched thumb from the fight but was “otherwise OK.” He said “fortunately, he was a wimpish thief.”READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Climate Prediction Center Predicts Above-Average Temperatures This Winter
Kristof later added after going to the police station to make a statement, he learned that the man was homeless and unarmed.
His takeaway from the incident: “Always, always, always, lock your hotel room door, even if you’re only going to be gone a couple of minutes.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Investigating After Threats Of Violence Emailed To Jewish Community Center
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