“Actor Tom Hardy apprehended a man who had allegedly stolen a motorbike in London, police have said. The Hollywood star stepped in after two teenagers on the bike crashed into a car in Richmond, south-west London, on Sunday afternoon. They ran off before one was was grabbed by the Mad Max and Taboo star and the other was arrested by a police officer. Two 16-year-olds have been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, police said.
A Richmond Police spokesman said: “We can confirm that there were two people on a stolen moped that went through a red light and crashed into another vehicle. The males ran off and one was detained by Tom Hardy.”
“Both suspects were initially taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.”
Update: A spokesperson for Metropolitan police relayed the following statement to EW: “In an earlier Twitter ‘direct message’ reply to a BBC reporter, a local officer named an individual as having detained a male in connection with the below incident. The arresting officer has confirmed that a number of members of the public assisted police at the scene. We do not believe that it is correct to say that any one individual detained the suspect. We are not aware of any citizen’s arrest. It is, of course, Met policy not to name informants or witnesses. We regret that the name of any individual was released via a message to the BBC.” http://ew.com/news/2017/04/25/tom-hardy-teens-stolen-motorbike-lodon/
Very new pic of Tom. Not only is he clean shaven but also catching criminals in Richmond in his spare time. Tom – pictured here on Monday leaving the gym – also searched the culprit for weapons and even checked his ID
According to a witness Tom Hardy ‘switched into superhero mode’ as he performed a citizen’s arrest on the man, near his home in Richmond, south-west London.
The witness told The Sun that the 39-year-old caught the suspect after chasing him through gardens and a building site, after he and another man had crashed a stolen moped into a £50,000 Mercedes.
Arun Pullen told the paper: ‘Tom must have been walking down the road. He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious.
‘I asked Tom what happened and he told me he chased him through my back garden and caught him around the block – but the route was like an assault course.’
He added: ‘It was mental – like he’d switched to superhero mode in an action movie.
‘Tom Hardy’s clearly not a man you’d mess with. I think he even checked the kid’s ID before cops took over.’
Other witnesses claimed that he told onlookers: ‘I caught the c***,’ as he finally chased him down.
Tom Hardy chases down moped thief, declares: ‘I caught the c***’
Witnesses say star of The Dark Knight Rises and The Revenant went into 'superhero mode’ in pursuit of suspected crook
Staff and agencies Tuesday 25 April 2017
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A witness has described how actor Tom Hardy was seen apprehending a suspected moped thief after pursuing him through gardens and a building site.
The Hollywood star looked like he “switched into superhero mode” as he collared the man before checking him for weapons after the chase near his home in Richmond, south west London, an onlooker told The Sun.
According to the newspaper, Hardy explained “I caught the c***t” shortly after finding the man.
With Hardy’s help two suspects were detained in connection with the theft, The Sun said.
Photograph of Richmond, Virgina 1862 -This City Became The Capital Of The CSA
In the 1860 United States Census, Richmond was the 25th largest urban area in the United States, with a population of 37,910. The city had been the capital of Virginia since 1780.
In popular culture
The Charlie Daniels Band song, “Trudy”, compares the taking of Richmond by Grant with the narrator saying that he was “raking in chips like Grant took Richmond” in a poker game.
Robbie Robertson / The Band wrote ‘The night they drove old Dixie down’. One lyric refers to, ’…by May the 5th (1865) Richmond had fell, it was a time I remember oh so well’. This reflects the time it took for Southern citizens to accept the defeat, or the amount of time it took for news to reach people in Tennessee. Possibly both.