A note to would-be muggers: next time you try to rob someone, don't do it within close range of a six-foot, 227-pound CFL defensive back.
The Eskimos' Kitwana Jones played a huge role in taking down a robber on a downtown street in Edmonton early Tuesday morning.
Jones said he was in his car listening to his music on a lower volume than usual when he heard a woman scream to his left. According to Edmonton police, a man had approached a woman in her 50s, demanding she give him her purse and laptop. There was a short struggle and the man ran off with the woman's belongings. An unidentified witness took chase, then Jones joined in and they brought the mugger down in an alley, according to the Edmonton Sun.
Jones's recollection of the incident was a little more colourful than the police report.
"I'm saying, 'Is somebody going to stop this guy? Nobody's going to stop this guy!'...So it was like, 'Hey KJ, you got to do what you got to do, go ahead and stop him,' so I ran him down, hit him in the back of the head and he's behind bars now," said Jones.
The 28-year-old was up earlier than usual for a player appearance when he happened to stumble upon the mugging.
"I had to run him down, I didn't even get a good stretch in or anything," Jones said to laughter from reporters. "I'm mad, I'm like, 'Why are you out here trying to rob old women who really are trying to make an honest living, going to work?', and he just laughed."
Jones and the unidentified man held the mugger until police arrived. No one was hurt. Jones downplayed the incident when speaking with reporters.
"I'm from a tough neighbourhood myself," said the native of North Carolina. "Nothing bad happened to me, the guy's behind bars, everything's good, it's a bright sunny day."
Jones was wearing an Eskimos during the takedown but said he didn't think the mugger recognized him.
Teammate Maurice Lloyd lauded Jones's courage.
"While KJ was chasing criminals at 6:45 or 7:00 like Batman does, I was asleep in my Queen-size bed, having a couple of Zs," joked Lloyd.
"I respect that. If it was KJ or anybody, we don't have enough guys out here standing up for elderly people, children or women," Lloyd said. "Kitwana's the type of person - he doesn't want to see anyone get picked on regardless of whether they can handle themselves or not. He's a real true leader in that aspect because he believes that someone has to stick up for somebody."
"I think he took it upon himself to help out and I tip my hat to a young man like that. He did something I wish I could have done at 6:45 in the morning," Lloyd said with a smile, adding, "But I think I'd rather sleep."
The woman's belongings were safely recovered, a 29-year-old man has been charged with robbery, and it looks as though Kitwana Jones may have a future in crime-fighting once his CFL career is done.