College quarterback runs down purse snatcher and tackles him

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Daniel Bronson's biggest play on a record-setting day as the quarterback at the University of Rochester happened away from the football field.

The 21-year-old junior from Lockport in Niagara County was leaving a restaurant in his hometown Nov. 5 when he saw a man run past a 73-year-old woman and yank her purse out of her arms as she walked with her husband.

Bronson took off after the man, who dropped the purse but kept on running. Bronson kept running, too, and tackled the man and held him down with the help of his girlfriend's father and brother. Police arrived and arrested the man on a robbery charge.

Bronson's off-field heroics came just hours after he piled up nearly 400 yards in total offense and ran 60 yards for a touchdown in a 37-34 home loss to Worcester Polytechnic Institute. His 192 yards rushing was the most ever by a quarterback at the Division III school. He also completed 21 of 32 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown, despite suffering what was later diagnosed as a separated right shoulder in the third quarter.

But,it's what happened after the game that has the microbiology major in the spotlight.

After having dinner with his girlfriend and her family at a Lockport restaurant, the group was walking to the parking lot when Bronson saw the man steal the purse of the elderly woman who had just left the eatery with her husband.


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"She screamed, 'Help! Help!'" Bronson said.

The 6-foot, 190-pound quarterback took off in pursuit.

"I chased him a little over 100 yards and jumped on his back," Bronson said on Friday. "I rode him to the pavement because I didn't want to hit the concrete."

His girlfriend's father, Patrick Ellinger, and her brother, also named Patrick, soon caught up and helped subdue the man.

On Friday, troopers presented Bronson and the Ellingers with Citizen Recognition Awards during a ceremony in Lockport.

A staff member dusts a Dodo skeleton, Raphus cucullatus, from Mauritius at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, southern England.
A staff member dusts a Dodo skeleton, Raphus cucullatus, from Mauritius at Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, southern England. (Matt Dunham / Associated Press)

Composite skeleton of Dodo bird to be auctioned

LONDON — A dodo skeleton is about to take flight — at least at an auction.

Summers Place Auctions is selling what it describes as a rare composite skeleton of a dodo bird, a creature once found on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

Sailors hunted the dodo into extinction in the 17th century, and it has come to symbolize the harsh impact man can have on the world's ecosystem. The bird's name recognition was enhanced by Lewis Carroll, who included a dodo in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."

Auction house director Rupert van der Werff says the guide price for the skeleton to be auctioned Tuesday in Billinghurst is estimated to be between $373,630 to $622,780 and that interest is high.

Associated Press