Phoenix Man, Miguel Jose Briseno, Died After Rescuing Woman From Purse Thief [Video]

A man was killed after he helped a young woman ward off a purse thief in an apartment complex, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Michael Proulx told KPHO he stepped outside his town home near 46th Street and Broadway around 12:30 a.m. Friday morning and heard screaming.

“All I heard was someone saying someone got stabbed — call 911, call the police.”

Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said a small group of people was standing outside a residence in the area of 48th Street and Broadway Road at around 12:30 a.m. when a dark-skinned male wearing all black clothing approached.

Holmes said the suspect attempted to grab a woman’s purse. Miguel Jose Briseno came to her aid and the two men got into a physical fight. According to witnesses, the suspect let go of the purse and ran away.

Shortly after the suspect fled, the group of bystanders noticed Miguel was bleeding from the neck area.

Proulx recalls, “A lot of people were standing around him saying stop the bleeding — stop the bleeding.” Miguel Jose Briseno, a 42-year-old father of 3 children, later died at the hospital.