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Walnut Creek Shoppers Stop Suspected Thief Despite Getting Pepper-Sprayed

WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — Two Good Samaritans ran down a thief who allegedly tried to steal $10,000 worth of high-end purses from Nordstrom in Walnut Creek on Saturday night.

Officers went to 1200 Broadway Plaza after several people called 911 to report a robbery and people running out of Nordstrom about 8:30 p.m., according to Walnut Creek police.

Witnesses told arriving officers that a male and female suspect had entered the store and grabbed armloads of purses and handbags, police said.

The store alarms were activated and the suspects pushed customers out of the way to run out of the store, police said.

One customer apparently tried to grab the male suspect’s arm, police said. The suspect, later identified as Bryan Black, 42, of Oakland, sprayed the customer in the face with pepper spray.

A second customer tackled Black outside the store as he was running toward a waiting vehicle, police said.

Black allegedly tried to pepper spray the man, but the good Samaritan was able to hold him down until security guards and police arrived to take him into custody, police said.

The female drove off in a beige Ford Fusion.

Black was arrested for robbery, burglary, assault, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and violating parole.

One of the good Samaritans was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The handbags were returned to Nordstrom.

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  • Guapi

    YES!!!! KUDOS to the Good Samaritan!!!
    This story makes us all feel great!!! The only way it
    could be better is if the criminal accidentally pepper sprayed himself!
    (Oh… and the woman get-a-way driver got a flat tire).

    Oh! Tis The Season To Be Jolly!!!!! Hahahahaha

  • Bill

    And what is Nordstoms going to do for the good samaritans?

    • Guapi

      Bill, You’ve missed the point…again. Good Samaritans don’t expect things in return. They help out because they know it is the right thing to do.

      • tn

        Yup. Same as paying it forward. Just think how your environment could be if most or more people thought and actually lived this way. There will always be jerks, thieves and idiots, but hopefully, there will be fewer of them and more of people like you. My 2 bits (cents aren’t worth what they used to be).

  • Ann Mason

    The customers who got involved are worthy of our respect, although I hope no one goes to those lengths to protect me from a property crime. The report said that one of the good samaritans was treated for minor injuries. It could have been worse than that, and this would not have been reported as a positive news story if anyone had been shot or stabbed.

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