When Mykicia Lovelace saw three women chasing another woman near the Piggly Wiggly grocery store on Highway 11, she stopped to see what was happening and witnessed a heroic moment.

Realizing that the three women were chasing the woman because she had stolen an elderly woman’s purse, Lovelace started to take video.

Lacy L Lanciloti, 27, of Kenosha, is facing charges of robbery with use of force and retail theft by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office, according to court records.

“The elderly woman gave chase and was unable to catch her and that’s when the community stepped in to help her out,” Lovelace said.

According to witnesses, Lanciloti had taken the woman’s purse after she offered to help load her groceries into her car. 

Once the three women chased Lanciloti down, they got the woman’s purse back. But more people jumped into help as she tried to leave the scene. At one point, a woman sat on the roof of Lanciloti’s car to keep her from leaving, a man pulled up in his truck and took her car keys away from her. Then more people started parking their cars around her so that she couldn’t leave and others tended to the elderly woman.

An argument ensued between the man that took her car keys, a woman and Lanciloti. She balled up her fists as if she were going to hit the woman, but she punched Lanciloti in the face and she decided to stay put.

“Obviously I was (expletive) that she (Lanciloti) had the audacity to try and harm the elders of this community,” Lovelace said. “Then I was ecstatic that the young ladies… sprang into action and performed a citizen’s arrest.”

The elderly woman, who was reportedly in her 90s, was kept safe and Racine Police arrested Lanciloti, who is now being held in the Racine County Jail.

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.