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Prince Harry helps friend after mugging in London

ASCOT, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Prince Harry attends Ascot Races at Ascot racecourse on July 23, 2011 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Alan Crowhurst
Prince Harry attends Ascot Races at Ascot racecourse on July 23, 2011, in Ascot, England.
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(CBS/AP) Prince Harry showed up at a London police station to help his friend, who was mugged on a south London street while on the phone with Harry, according to royal officials.

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Harry, 27, reportedly raced across the city to help his friend Thomas van Straubenzee. When he couldn't find van Straubenzee, Harry went to the local police station, where he gave a witness statement.

Police now say they have arrested a suspect in connection with the Nov. 30 robbery and have recovered the stolen cell phone. According to The Daily Mail, the suspect has been released on bail.

This incident is believed to the be the first time a senior royal has walked into a police station, reports The Mail.

Prince Harry and van Straubenzee are childhood friends. He is also close with Prince William and was one of his ushers at his wedding, reports The Mail.

Harry, an army helicopter pilot, recently returned from a two-month training exercise in the United States.