Vietnam Vet Tackles Suspected Shoplifter
KSN News - Sat 05:06 PM 03/02/2013
A Vietnam War veteran, a cab driver, and a retired game warden teamed up to take down a shoplifting suspect outside a Wichita Walmart, according to police.
Around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night, an employee shouted out "robbed" as a 46-year-old suspect ran from the Walmart in the 6100 block of West Kellogg.
That's when an Army vet chased the suspect down and pushed him into a bank of snow. Police say a cab driver with ABC Cab drove up to help.
"He wasn't going to let the Vietnam vet handle things on his own so he jumped in and sprayed the suspect with mace," Sgt. Bruce Watts.
A retired game warden arrived on the scene and helped handcuff the suspect until police arrived.
Officers say the suspect has a long history of shoplifting offences and had been banned from shopping at area Walmart stores.
He allegedly stole $14.30 worth of merchandise. He suffered minor injuries in the scuffle with the three men who detained him.
The suspect has been booked on new charges of aggravated burglary, felony theft, and simple battery.