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Park Staffer Foils Purse Snatching Attempt

Vicksburg National Military Park

National Park News

On February 8, 2012, while traveling in downtown Vicksburg, park maintenance worker, Ellis Jones, observed an elderly citizen being attacked and robbed of her purse and possessions.  Reacting quickly, Mr. Jones was able to follow the suspect, stop him, and retrieve the purse, which he returned to Vicksburg Police Department investigators.

Mr. Jones’ accurate identification of the suspect provided invaluable assistance to the officers, allowing them to rapidly locate and arrest the perpetrator.

On March 12, 2012, in appreciation for going the extra mile to protect the life and property of another, Mr. Jones was awarded a plaque by Vicksburg National Military Park and commendation letter from the Vicksburg Police Department, recognizing his valuable service to the City of Vicksburg.

As stated in the commendation of Walter L. Armstrong, Vicksburg Chief of Police, “[Jones’s actions were]…based on an extraordinary commitment to seeing the quality of life in the City of Vicksburg and wanting to live up to our slogan ‘the Red Carpet City of the South. His example has caused a positive impact on the attitudes and productivity of our own staff and the Park Service as well.”



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