COUNCIL CHRONICLE – The Brooklyn authorities confirmed that 51-year-old male suspected of shoplifting passed away at a Stop & Shop grocery store on Saturday. Based on the police report, the Brooklyn shoplifter died after a security guard sat on top of the man, keeping him subdued until the authorities arrived.
Brooklyn Shoplifter Might Have Had a Heart Problem, Eyewitness Reveals
On Saturday, at 7:30 a.m., the Brooklyn law enforcement agents were summoned to the Flatbush Avenue Stop & Shop grocery store after a caller said that a man attempted to steal merchandise from the shop.
Upon arriving at the location, the authorities discovered a 51-year-old man lying unconscious on the floor. The CPR maneuvers failed, and the man declared dead at the scene.
Based on eyewitness accounts, the law enforcement officials managed to learn that the deceased individual, later identified as Ralph Nimmons, entered the store with the intent to steal a box of cookies.
A grocery store spokesperson declared that Mr. Nimmons was known to the store’s security guards, as he had allegedly stolen various items on more than one occasion.
One of the eyewitnesses declared seeing Nimmons on the ground, with a security guard sitting on top of him, while he was trying to break loose. The woman offered to pay for the merchandise Nimmons allegedly stole but was turned down.
Another woman claimed to hear Nimmons ask the security guard to let him go as he was having trouble breathing.
Before the first responders arrived, Nimmons became unresponsive being later declared dead at the scene.
Christina Hutchinson, one of Nimmons’ neighbors, claims that the Brooklyn shoplifter was homeless and that he relied mostly on what he earned for begging.
Most of the people who witnessed the incident stated that Nimmons’ death could have been averted if the security guards simply showed him to the front door.
A homicide investigation has been launched in the man’s case.
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