Police have released the shocking surveillance video of customers tackling a would-be robber at a northwest Indiana grocery store.
The incident happened at an Aldi store at 2906 Laporte Ave. in Valparaiso at 7:20 p.m. Friday, police said.
Reports said police responded to a robbery at the Aldi store on the 2900 block of LaPorte Avenue, Valparaiso, Indiana, around 7:20 p.m. on Friday, October 6. When police arrived, they saw five or six men holding down the robbery suspect.
The suspect, Thomas Powell, 36, of Hebron, came into the store with a mask on. In a brazen manner, he approached a female cashier and implied that he had a weapon in his pocket and demanded that she give him money.
As the terrified clerk handed Powell the cash, a couple of other customers in the store realized what was happening. Instantly, two bystanders who saw Powell robbing the clerk quickly turned around and left the line then restrained the thug.
The brave soul who tackled Powell didn’t care if the thief was carrying a gun or a knife. He put his life on the line to stop a bad guy. His heroism deserves praise.
On the video footage, you can also see additional customers who helped and held Powell down until police arrived
Powell was arrested and held on robbery charges.
Additionally, police are asking for information on the attempted robbery. They are asking anyone who helped with the apprehension of the suspect to come forward because officers wish to speak with them. Police said they want to speak to as many witnesses as possible.
“If you assisted with the apprehension of the subject in the store on Friday evening, police would like to thank you and speak with you,” a statement on Valparaiso Police Department Facebook page said.
“Individuals involved were witnesses to the robbery and police would like an explanation of the incident from as many witnesses as possible,” police said.
They especially want to talk to anyone who is in the photo the department has released. Witnesses should call Det. Tom Horn at (219) 462-2135.