[S]uspect Ivan Lavar Edwards, 29, tried to rob a house in [Miami]. According to police, he broke a window to gain entrance but a woman inside screamed and he took off running.
He eventually made his way to the home of Marta Suarez, an 85-year old grandmother. She was walking out her front door when Edwards suddenly pushed her back inside, grabbed her purse and ran back outside across 14th Street.
But Suarez, who used to be a Cuban track star in the 1930s, simply ran off after the suspect.
Moments later, Officer Wilfredo Perez, who was in the neighborhood investigating the original attempted burglary report, spotted Edwards running and the elderly Suarez was in hot pursuit.
Edwards jumped into a car he had apparently parked outside the St. Peter and Paul Church. Officer Perez chased after Edwards, who was spotted tossing a purse out the window. A block later, Perez caught him.
The purse, which contained $300, was retrieved.
Police say Edwards has a long rap sheet. He’ll be charged with stealing Suarez's purse and attempted breaking and entering.