Burglary victim takes matter into her own hands

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 18, 2008

NATCHEZ — When Kim Dunson’s purse was stolen Wednesday afternoon she got mad — and she took action.

Dunson was at Laird’s Funeral Home to pay a bill when something caught her eye.

“He was going in my truck,” Dunson said.

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What Dunson saw was a man allegedly going into her truck and taking off with her purse.

Dunson, not wanting to lose her purse, containing her medications and family pictures, took chase.

However, Dunson’s asthma prevented her from making it very far.

Unable to run, Dunson did the next best thing, she chased Chatman in her truck.

“He was moving,” she said.

By the time Dunson got back to her truck the Natchez Police had been called and were on their way to the scene.

Natchez Police Sgt. Craig Godbold said the suspect, David Chatman allegedly made his way from Laird’s to a house near the Bienville Apartments.

Godbold said Chatman was ultimately found hiding under a house because his feet were sticking out from the bottom of the house.

While Godbold said Dunson’s quick action helped the police to apprehend the suspect, Dunson said it wasn’t until later that she considered the danger she put her self in.

“He could have had a gun or knife or anything,” she said. “But I wouldn’t want to lose those photos of my kids.”

Chatman was booked on charges of burglary of a vehicle, and is being held without bond.