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Posted: August 25, 2014

Grandmother tackles man fleeing police then taunts him


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A 40-year-old woman tackled a 20-year-old man fleeing from police, then taunted him about being taken down by a grandmother.

Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb tells the Tri-City Herald that Becky Powell was driving by Wednesday when she saw the man run from officers. She told her husband to speed ahead of the fleeing man, and got out to confront him.

Powell says the man tried to stiff-arm her, but she felled him, pulling down his shorts in the process.

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"I got into a football stance and said, 'You're going to stay here,' " Powell told the Tri-City Herald. "He stiff-armed me and I just wrapped him up and threw him on the ground."

She says she got help pinning the man down and asked him how it felt to be taken down by a mother of five and a grandmother of three.

According to the Tri-City Herald, an officer thanked Powell for her help and one officer even gave her a high five.

Cobb says police appreciated Powell's actions but warned people not to get involved in police matters. Cobb says the man ran because he had an outstanding warrant.

—The Associated Press contributed

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