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Good Samaritan slain chasing robbery suspect

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:24 a.m. HST, Apr 30, 2014

YUCAIPA, Calif. >> Sheriff's officials said a Good Samaritan suffered fatal stab wounds while chasing a thief who allegedly stabbed a woman and stole her purse in Southern California.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports 47-year-old Troy Cansler chased the robber for about a block Sunday night in Yucaipa until he was stabbed. He died at a hospital.

Authorities say the suspect, a 26-year-old Yucaipa man, was arrested and booked for investigation of murder, attempted murder, robbery and other charges.

The woman, who was attacked in a grocery store parking lot, is expected to recover from her injuries.

Cansler's wife says her husband always helped the underdog. The iron worker leaves behind his wife and their 12-year-old daughter.

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cojef wrote:
A very sad situation.
on April 29,2014 | 08:35AM
richierich wrote:
This is very sad, but that father should have thought about his wife and daughter before chasing after the robber. Now that girl has to grow up without a father. Im most certain there was nothing in that purse that was worth his life.
on April 29,2014 | 10:56AM
hikine wrote:
Being a witness can be more helpful when there's a brutal crime committed. He should've stayed with the victim until help arrived. Credit cards and licenses can be replaced but a life can't.
on April 29,2014 | 11:15AM
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