Two Good Samaritans ran down one of three robbers who allegedly tried to steal over $10,000 worth of high-end goods from Nordstrom in Walnut Creek on the third of December, 2011.
Officers went to 1200 Broadway Plaza after several calls were placed to 911 reporting a robbery and possible suspects running out of Nordstrom at around 8:30 p.m., according to Walnut Creek police.
Witnesses told arriving officers that a male and female suspect, the male identified as Bryan Black of Oakland, age 42, had entered the store and proceeded to grab armloads of purses and handbags.
After the security sensor alarms were activated, the two suspects began to push customers out of the way in their attempt to escape the Nordstrom store.
One customer tried to grab the male suspect’s arm and was sprayed with pepper spray.
While running towards the alleged escape vehicle, Black was tackled by a second customer, who he attempted to pepper spray. Despite this, the man was able to restrain Black after striking him several times in self defense until security and police arrived to take the suspect into custody.
The female accomplice managed to escape to the getaway car, a beige Ford Fusion with paper license plates, driven by a third accomplice. Neither of these suspects have been identified as of yet.
Black was arrested for robbery, burglary, assault, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and violating parole. He was then sent to Martinez County Jail after being treated for minor injuries at a local hospital.
Two of the customers who had assisted in the apprehension of the suspect were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
The handbags, worth around $10,000, were returned to Nordstrom.