GOOSE CREEK -- Three bystanders chased down a suspect Wednesday after a woman's purse was grabbed from her shopping cart while she loaded groceries, authorities said.

Howard Melvin Hazelmyer, 22, of Goose Creek was charged with purse snatching. According to a Goose Creek police report, three people chased the suspect from the Bi-Lo supermarket parking lot on St. James Avenue and caught him in a nearby townhouse complex. The woman's purse and its contents were returned to her.

"Hazelmyer was taken into custody by this agency without incident," the report said. "The Goose Creek Police Department is grateful for the swift actions of the concerned citizens who assisted in this case."