Pregnant Woman Thumps Mugger, Breaks Leg In Two Places
When career criminal Vaughn Matthews decided to snatch a woman’s purse and run from a stopped El train last Wednesday, he perhaps thought Lindsay O’Brien – who is nearly three months’ pregnant – would be an easy target.
But the attempted robbery quickly turned into a street fight, and it was the criminal who ended up on the ground in agony, according to police.
O’Brien, 28, was on a westbound train at 63rd and Market Street about 1:30 p.m. when Matthews, 42, punched her in the forehead, grabbed her bag – which contained her laptop – and ran from the car, down a stairwell and onto the street below the station, police said.
O’Brien chased Matthews, who has an extensive criminal history – including assault, reckless endangerment and robbery charges, according to court documents – and fought him.
When O’Brien tried wrenching her bag from Matthews’ grip, he twisted her right arm and broke her wrist.
O’Brien countered by kicking Matthews in his leg.
A visibly pregnant O’Brien told CBS that Matthews used his forearm to hit her in the abdomen.
That’s when she planted a kick that broke Matthews’ tibia in two places and sent him limping away, defeated.
O’Brien, whom police said is from Ridley Park, got her bag and was treated for her broken wrist at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Police found Matthews lying on the ground on the corner of 62nd and Market, and arrested him after O’Brien identified him.
Matthews was admitted to Hahnemann University Hospital. Police said the man is still in the hospital and will undergo two leg surgeries.
“She really did a number on his leg,” said Detective Robert Daly, of the Southwest Detective Division. “I would never want to get kicked by this girl.”
Matthews faces charges of aggravated assault, robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and reckless endangerment, according to court documents.
The would-be robber is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 1.
O’Brien said she looks forward to testifying against Matthews in court.