Sergeant White, who recently returned home after a 9-month-tour with the Army in Afghanistan, grabbed Alan White’s arm, pinned him to the ground and held him until police arrived. A shopper inside the store captured the moment on camera.
“I grabbed him and tossed him to the ground,” said Rick White. “He tried to hit and grab me. I sat on him until the police came.”
“With all the opportunity for help, there is no need to steal,” said White. “To me it wasn’t a big thing. I am just glad I could help out.
And according to a second interview White did with another media outlet:
“I grabbed his wrist, put him in a wrist lock, put him in arm bar, rolled him over on his stomach, put both hands behind his back and sat on him until police came,” he explained.
Richard White said he wasn’t the only one to help.
“There were a lot of people standing around,” he said. “I don’t think he was going anywhere, but I took the initiative and took him down.”
The suspect was arrested without incident and charged with theft.