Pulitzer Prize Winner Defeats Pickpocket

Charlie LeDuff comes to the rescue of a Detroit restaurant owner he knows well.

Great lede from Fox 2’s Charlie Langton:

American Coney is a Detroit institution. So is Charlie LeDuff.

And thanks to the actions of Langton’s fellow WJBK-TV reporter, the owner of American Coney Island in downtown Detroit still has her Smartphone. From Langton’s report:

“I had my cell phone in my back pocket,” Grace Keros said. “He [the perpetrator] came right up to me, leaned in, it happened so quick. He pulled the cell phone out and I was like, ‘He took my cell phone!'”

Grace said it happened Monday in broad daylight, in front of the American Coney Island. But the hero who nabbed Orlando Thomas, the alleged cell phone thief, is LeDuff. She said the guy grabbed her cell phone, ran across the street and was tackled by LeDuff.

American Coney Island was founded in 1917 by a Greek immigrant Constantine “Gus” Keros. LeDuff has previously hosted his program Hold the Onions from the restaurant, kicking it off with a brief Michael Jackson tribute sung by councilwoman Martha Reeves! His current series is The Americans.

In 2001, LeDuff was a member of the New York Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. And just in case you’re wondering, yes; on a recent episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, that was American Coney Island being represented by Kid Rock.

[Image via: charlieleduff.com]