French police arrested an African migrant suspected of attempting to rob a woman aboard a tram and trying to stab a Good Samaritan who intervened this week, according to reports.
The disturbing incident unfolded at around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening near the center of Lyon.
A woman riding a tram was targeted by two men who tried to snatch her bag.
When a bystander interceded, the suspects pepper-sprayed him in the face and pulled a knife.
The man managed to dodge several stabbing attempts before the assailants fled as passengers choked on the noxious gases.
"Alerted, the police quickly tracked down a member of the duo," Lyon Mag reports.
"This 17-year-old Algerian in an irregular situation was arrested around 8 p.m. in the Guillotière district, according to our colleagues who specify that he was still in possession of the knife and the gas."
The African teen was taken in custody and an investigation was launched.
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