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Robbery victim to Good Samaritans: "My faith in mankind is restored."

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ELGIN, SC (WIS) -

An Elgin woman attacked and robbed outside of a grocery store was introduced to the people who saved her.

The robbery suspect stole her purse, but customers chased him down, tackled him, and made sure he didn't go anywhere until deputies arrived.

"So mad that person thought that he could get away with this," said Peggy Dart, the victim in this case.

The man ran off with her purse, leaving the 62-year-old cut up and bruised, but it's what happened next that amazed Dart.

Scott Ellsworth, a 22-year-old construction worker, told us he chased after the suspect and tackled him to the ground. On Friday, we arranged for Dart and Ellsworth to meet for the first time.

"I just want to thank you so much," said Dart to Ellsworth. "You are a remarkable, remarkable young man."

"When I saw you on the news last night and telling me what you did, I'm so impressed, so grateful. I can't express how I feel."

Dart also met Kirk Northcutt, another customer, who held the suspect down until deputies arrived.

"Glad I was able to help you," said Northcutt.

Deputies arrested Juan Ashley. They found the purse, but they say it's missing credit cards and cash. Dart is not worry about what she's lost, but more about what she's gained -- new relationships and new perspective on helping others.

"When you see someone like that do mean cruel things and then there's guys like you, my faith in mankind is restored," said Dart.

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