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In previous games, when I chased a thief across the rooftops with no weapon but my fists equipped, I could sprint after him with RT (playing on Xbox 360) and when I got close enough, B would turn into Tackle. That enabled me to tackle the thief and take my money back (or re-steal whoever's money he'd already stolen) without killing him. It seems I don't have the Tackle option in Revelations. So is there a way for me to get the thief without killing him?

I tried just beating him up once I managed to catch up to him, but since thieves always run around on precarious rooftops, I punched him off a roof by accident and he died anyway.

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Doing this is part of the "Tax Evasion" achievement, so searching for videos about that achievement might help. I found one where someone grabbed the tax collector, but there's also talk that it's possible to "hook sweep" with B if you've got your hookblade equipped (the tutorial message for this pops up conveniently as this guy's grabbing the tax collector):

I'm guessing that "hook sweep" replaced the "tackle" move from earlier AC games.

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Yep, it's the new replacement. Alternatively you could do the hook-and-throw on enemies. Though, you don't need to equip your hookblade, it does it automatically. –  Jeff Mercado Dec 15 '11 at 1:59
    
Aha! Sneaky. Thanks! –  Abby T. Miller Dec 15 '11 at 2:07
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