Armed Samaritan Stops Armed Robbery Suspect – January 2, 2019
Two shoplifters at a Loomis grocery store were stopped from stabbing a security guard by an armed good Samaritan before being arrested, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
Brandon Smith, 25, of Santa Cruz, and Elizabeth Almand, 23, of Watsonville, were taken into custody Sunday night at the Raley’s grocery store on Horseshoe Bar Road, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The incident began around 8:25 p.m. Smith and Almand were spotted shoplifting at the store by a security guard, the Sheriff’s Office said.
“When they left, (the guard) confronted them in the parking lot. There was an altercation where the suspect pulled a knife out,” Lt. Andrew Scott said.
Smith then tried to stab the security guard, Scott said.
“The altercation escalated at that point and the victim was able to disarm the (Smith) and they began wrestling on the ground,” Scott said.
The knife fell to the ground, feet away from them, near where Almand was standing nearby.
“The male suspect told the female suspect to stab the victim,” Scott said. “She walked over and picked up the knife and was moving toward the victim.”
Then, right at that moment, a good Samaritan pulled out his gun and said, “Drop it!”
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