Video: Man Wrestles, Body Slams Suspected Shoplifters At California Walgreens – The Police Told The Good Samaritan He Could Be Charged For His intervention

A dude who witnessed some brazen shoplifting at a Walgreens store in Alameda on Saturday decided to take matters into his own hands and tackle the guy, claiming citizen’s arrest.

The entire situation was caught on camera.

Witnessing what appears to be shoplifting at Walgreens isn’t exactly uncommon in the San Francisco Bay Area these days.

But what is uncommon is seeing a customer step in to stop the crime themselves. The man requested he only be referred to by his first name of Kevin.

“This is a time you can make an impact, make this happen,” Kevin said. “I see him leaving the store, and I threw him to the ground.”

The altercation, which happened on a Saturday afternoon, quickly escalated.

The guy starts calling out for his friend over in a getaway vehicle, and Kevin says he thought the guy was “fibbing” about having a friend. But, no, another guy comes up, and Kevin takes him on too, throwing him on the ground.

Kevin lost his shoes during the struggle.

Both suspects ran to the getaway car nearby.

Video below:

Alameda police say that Walgreens recovered their stolen merchandise in this case, and they declined to press charges. There are no further details about any arrests.

The Alameda Police Department also gave a statement to ABC 7 saying it’s ok to video-record a crime in progress if you can do so safely, but if you get involved like Kevin did that may open you up to charges as well.

As has repeatedly been made clear in media coverage of Walgreens shoplifting incidents, while Walgreens may sometimes employee private security guards, those guards are trained not to physically intervene when a shoplifting incident is in progress.

Police say that if you witness a crime and can record it safely, it’s good to do so, but to get involved opens yourself up to litigation.

I could have been charged with assault and may be charged with assault,” Kevin said. “It’s infuriating.”

According to police, the stolen merchandise was recovered, and Walgreens did not seek prosecution.

Even so, Kevin said he would do the same thing if he were faced with the same situation.

“My mom would kill me, my friends will kill me, but yeah, I’d do it all over again,” Kevin said.

Natalie Dagenhardt

Natalie Dagenhardt is an American conservative writer who writes for  Right Journalism! Natalie has described herself as a polemicist who likes to "stir up the pot," and does not "pretend to be impartial or balanced, as broadcasters do," drawing criticism from the left, and sometimes from the right. As a passionate journalist, she works relentlessly to uncover the corruption happening in Washington. She is a "constitutional conservative".

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Mike S
Mike S
3 months ago

San Francisco better not call me to the jury if Kevin goes to trial. Innocent; innocent; innocent. The entity that should be going to trial is the city of San Francisco for compelling an honest man to take action due to their inaction.

uGoddaBeKiddin
uGoddaBeKiddin
3 months ago

When you live in a clown world where the rules are concocted by mentally immature dems, libs, and Marxists; then the good get charged criminally for doing what is right.

justanotherday
justanotherday
3 months ago

Piece of garbage, it’s time to start inflicting sudden onset lead poisoning.

jim Hurley
jim Hurley
3 months ago

all good Samaritans need to leave the scene before police arrive.

Bill
Bill
3 months ago

Kevin, you’re a good man. It’s men like you that restore my diminishing belief in humanity. Thanks for the uplift.

r koz
3 months ago

Thumbs up brother and i do mean brother from another mother. Need more of you out there.

Nobody
Nobody
3 months ago

The principle is simple…

If the police come upon an armed robbery in progress. Then while trying to apprehend the crimminal results in a third party being killed even by the police.. the Crimminal is quite properly charged with homicide because they caused the incident even if they did not fire the gun or crash the Parol Car .. Any citizen who becomes involved for what ever reaon.. If a crimminal act took place and they respond they should enjoy the same protection.. The crimminal initiated the event and once it is started any consequences or unfortunate events. Injuries, death.. Those crimes even if the death or injury was cause by the police or the general citizenry.Those consequences are the responsibility of the crimminal who initiated the event.. End of Story..

This is a critical point if we are to have civilization..

The Central Scrutinizer
The Central Scrutinizer
3 months ago

The cat is out of the bag. Government has lost all control along with the last of its sanity.

“we’re ALL in this together”

No. We’re all of us on our own from here forward. Plan accordingly.

youknowitstrue
youknowitstrue
3 months ago

niiiiiigggeeeerrrs

Cam
Cam
3 months ago

Notice no one else helps … I am happy so may stupid citizens got the jab , let the stupid people die ….good for the Earth , right …ha..ha..

DAVID BELINSKY
DAVID BELINSKY
3 months ago

SanFranSicko has been screwed for over 40 years: this IS nothing new. I was minding my own business when compelled to intervene in a felony assault that endangered the lives of at least 60 people. The perp ended up with two black eyes, broken nose, several broken teeth and I never used my fists: only body and hands. This would have never occurred if the POPO and COURTS had been doing their jobs. It was me the Samaritan Eagle Scout doing my good turn daily who the POO POO SHIT wanted to arrest. I would do it again in a heartbeat. There needs to be an open season on recidivous offenders. The BULL SHIT would eventually cease when GOOD CITIZENS stand up: “I’m mad as hell and won’t take it anymore”.

Sheogorath
Sheogorath
3 months ago

It is a citizens duty to obey and uphold the laws of the nation and municipality. We pay taxes to have law enforcement agencies assist in enforcing these laws. If this guys gets sued then he counter sues for negligence, failure to fulfill sworn oaths, mental duress, etc. etc. It is time to put the “leadership” on notice. We must all stand up and take action. The elected officials act like fuedal lords we have to make it clear to them that they are there to serve the public and they will be held accountable for their inactions and corruption.

Dave
Dave
3 months ago

I see a wrestler doing a decent one leg takedown. What’s wrong with that? Nice job Kevin!

Jury Nullification
Jury Nullification
3 months ago

How can they charge Kevin without a victim? Kevin gets threatened with charges but the actual criminals will not be apparently even though it looks like they could easily identify them.

Boxerchef
3 months ago

screw Walgreens. This is inviting thugs to steal from them and we the consumer pay for it.

Mary
Mary
3 months ago

he’s my hero!!

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