Two young Hope men are being called heroes by an elderly crime victim.
Saturday afternoon Mildred Thrasher, 82, was shopping in the Hope Walmart store around 4:20 p.m. when she stepped away from her shopping buggy in which she had left her wallet. Kenneth D. Hopson, 52, of Prescott, allegedly grabbed the woman’s wallet and began to run away.
When the woman started yelling for help, Gerald E. Landers III, 17, and Jesse Harding, 24, chased Hopson through the store. He returned the wallet to Thrasher after they caught him. The two men kept Hopson from leaving until Hope police could arrive.
Hopson was charged with Theft of Property under $1,000 and released.
It should be noted that Landers is fresh out of boot camp for the U.S. Marines.