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Ben Vereen’s hot pursuit nets him heroism award

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Ben Vereen will receive a heroism award from the City of Miami for chasing a suspect after he witnessed a robbery.

Vereen, who's appearing in a production of "I'm Not Rappaport" at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, saw a man knock down a woman pushing a baby stroller to take her purse. The incident occurred on Dec. 27.

Vereen made an emergency call from his cell phone and pursued the man in his pickup truck, but he got away, police spokesman Delrish Moss said Monday.

"Even though the offender in this case got away, Mr. Vereen put himself in harm's way in an attempt to stop him," Miami Police Chief Raul Martinez said in a statement.