Marine Credited With Catching Would Be RobberMar 11th, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles, Lead Article
An active duty United States Marine assisted in the apprehension of a Cornwall man who ran from a local diner with two money bags in the Town of Newburgh.
The Town of Newburgh Police Department arrested a man on Grand Larceny charges following an incident at the Neptune Diner on Route 17K. 27 year old John C. Knaggs of Cornwall, entered the Neptune Diner about 12:00 noon Sunday March 10, 2013 and engaged the owner in a conversation about a credit card transaction the night before. When the owner had to step away from the front counter to seat patrons, Knaggs reached over the counter, grabbed two money bags and fled the premises.
The owner and a patron, Charles Smith of New Windsor, pursued Knaggs in a foot chase. As they crossed Route 17K, they ran across the path of a vehicle operated by Staff Sergeant Michael Forras, a United States Marine stationed at Stewart Air Base. SSGT. Forras, who was in his military uniform, turned around, exited his vehicle, and gave chase to Knaggs. When they reached the area of the Howard Johnsons Motel, SSGT. Forras caught up to Knaggs, identified himself as a U.S. Marine and took Knaggs into custody.
Knaggs is being held at the Town of Newburgh Police Dept pending his arraignment on Grand Larceny Charges. The investigation is ongoing and other charges may be filed.
The Town of Newburgh Police were assisted by the New York State Police patrol, K-9 and aviation units during this incident.