Video: Cyclist helps woman by knocking thieves to the ground with his bike

A Polish cyclist who heard a young woman whose purse had been stolen shouting for help chased after the two thieves, knocking them to the ground to prevent them from escaping. Footage of the incident, captured by a camera on the handlebars, has gone viral.

The incident took place on Tuesday morning in the city of Wroclaw, with the victim of the theft a 17-year-old girl who was on her way to school.

The cyclist said he decided to investigate what was happening after hearing shouts of “help me, help me!” as he rode through a tunnel under a building.

A witness told him that two women had beaten the victim while stealing her purse, so he set off after them, explaining in a comment to the video that he was aware he was “chasing criminals according to the Polish law.”

He went on:  “After I knocked them down, they got up and tried to run away.” He described the women, who were aged 19 and 23, as “dirty” and “sloppy,” with “many scars” on their hands, and said “I could smell that they were drunk.”

He said they tried to get away several times before the arriveal of the police, and that “they were swearing and threatening ‘f*ck off, if you touch me I’ll bite you’, ’leave me alone, f*ck, I’ll punch you in the face’.”

Police arrived within two or three minutes to arrest the women, whom they said were most likely addicts and have prior convictions. They could now face up to 12 years in jail.