NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A Chesapeake man is being called a hero after he chased down a suspect who was trying to rob two women.
It happened around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Harpersville Road.
29-year-old David Goodnoh was repairing the roof at the Newport News Walmart when he took a break and went inside the store. Something caught his eye.
"A couple of girls were trying to cash a check," said Goodnoh. "They came out, and as they were walking out, a black man with a hoodie stole about $4,000 out of the girls hand."
Instead of looking the other away, Goodnoh ran after the thief. He says one of the women chased the thief on foot, the other followed him in her car.
"It was kind of like a cat and mouse game," Goodnoh said. "He was going this way, I cut across the field, then he cut across the road."
The thief ran across a busy intersection near the Walmart, and Goodnoh kept running after him.
"My adrenaline was pumping so bad," Goodnoh said. "I didn't really worry about myself, I was just worried about her safety."
Things got worse when Goodnoh saw the thief attacking one of the women across the street.
"She was laid back on the gravel driveway, " Goodnoh said. "She had his sweatshirt then he came out of his sweatshirt. He was just punching her in the face. She went down to the ground with her head and that's when he stomped on her. I came across the road I said, 'Hey bud get off of her.'"
Maybe it was adrenaline or the motto inked on Goodnoh's neck that made him do what he did next.
"He went to take off to run and I just tackled him from the back," Goodnoh said. "My arms went around him like that and we just hit the ground."
Goodnoh held onto the thief until police arrived, and arrested him. Goodnoh told 10 On Your Side his only goal was to save the women and get their money back, but his co-workers and family think otherwise of his actions.
"Everyone tells me I'm a hero for helping out," Goodnoh said. "I'm just trying to help and do the right thing and do what my parents always taught me to do."
Newport News Police arrested the suspect, 29-year-old Markquie Harden of Newport News, on charges of robbery, assault and battery, and possession of marijuana. He is being held at the Newport News City Jail without bond, according to Harold Eley with the NNPD.
Both women involved in the attempted robbery are ok, suffering only minor scrapes and bruises.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.