We the People would really like to stick up for the police, but sometimes they make it a bit difficult – especially when they don’t thank the people who help them out, and criticize them instead.
Case in point happened in Sterling Heights, Michigan last week when two would be robbers walked into an Arby’s and demanded the day’s start up cash. Workers at the franchise took exception to this.
One of the employees, Marcia Rabideau, said she hopped into her Dodge Charger and cornered the suspect at a riverbank while holding him at gunpoint until cops arrived and took him into custody. In a Facebook post recalling the incident, Rabideau said the experience was “priceless.”
“There was no way in hell I was going to allow this cat to get away with all of our deposits,” Rabideau wrote. “The suspect tried reaching for his gun but I told him if he lowered his f—ing hands again that I would shoot him dead and I meant it!!! He stood in the river bank with his hands above his head until the fuzz arrived!”
At least she had a gun. (Hint: this is part of what an armed populace is good for since the police can’t be everywhere at once.)
What did the local law enforcement have to say about this?
Both suspects are expected to appear in court Tuesday and may face child endangerment charges in addition to armed robbery, according to Bastianelli, who “strongly” recommended that people leave policing to law enforcement professionals.
“It’s strongly advised for victims not to pursue an armed robber after they were robbed at gunpoint, due to obvious safety concerns,” Bastianelli said. “And money is just money — that can be replaced. Lives can’t. It’s brave of them to do it, but we don’t encourage it. Being a good witness is the best most people can do. That’s what we want people to do.”
Even if the person doing the pursuing actually has experience in law enforcement. Okee dokey.