To a mugger, Diana looked like an easy target, but boy was he wrong.

"I kinda made him the victim," said Diana, who didn't want to reveal her last name.

Speaking at a Nassau County Police news conference she described how a man approached her on the platform at the Mineola train station Tuesday at around 6 p.m. and snatched her purse.

The would-be victim didn't hesitate to give him a chase.

"I'm not the type to run away from things, I'm always trying to help people and do the right thing."

Diana caught up to the guy, but was shoved to the ground.

Even after being knocked down Diana wasn't about to let this thug get away with her pocketbook. She chased him all the way down a nearby street and followed him into an alley, and then apparently tossed him a beating.

"He was crouched behind a car so I was able to kick him in the area here," Diana said pointing to the area around her face.

When the thug tried to run away, Diana grabbed him by the jacket, and wound up yanking it right off his back.

The suspect, who managed to escape, is described as a light skinned, male Hispanic, approximately 25 years old, 5'5" and 140 pounds. He speaks English with a Spanish accent and has a pocked marked face. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white thermal tee shirt, a knit cap.

Detectives are encouraging others not to do what Diana did.

Although happy she got her purse back, Diana admits she didn't have any money inside.

"It's like your whole life is in there license, he would know where you live," she said. "I was just kinda happy that he was going home jacketless and hopefully freezing somewhere."