In less than a minute, police had responded to the store and had a
description of Purnell. The city’s widespread anti-crime cameras
began canvassing the area for a person matching the description –
and that person was spotted heading east on Park Avenue, DiElmo
What happened next is caught on those same cameras. Officers
converged on the area, and two detectives parked their car in front
of the suspect, who began to run. Detective Anthony Peters
runs out of the car and does a flying tackle in the middle of the
street, sending the suspect’s gun flying out of his waistband.
Police then cuff Purnell and take him to a patrol car.
This video below shows what happens when you commit an armed robbery
in East Orange: