Man Who Was Fired For Stopping Carjacking Receives Good News

| by Kathryn Schroeder
John GarciaJohn Garcia

A man who was fired from his job at a Walgreens in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for stopping a carjacking has been reinstated.

On Jan. 1, John Garcia was working inside Walgreens when he saw Lafayette Stone attempting to carjack a woman in the parking lot.

"The lady that was driving the car opened the door, got caught under the door, got drug maybe about 10 feet," Garcia told KOAT.

With the help of a customer, Garcia pulled Stone out of the car and held him until police arrived.

"I just did what any normal human would do," Garcia said.

His managers did not agree with the choice he made, claiming he put other employees in danger.

They fired him two weeks after the incident.

Stone was arrested on more than just a charge of attempted carjacking, KOB reported.

While sitting outside the Walgreens, officers noticed he kept trying to put his hands down his pants and inquired as to why.

“I’m getting drugs out of my butt,” Stone said.

A small bag with a white crystal substance was recovered, but the search did not end there.

“I might have some up my anus,” Stone told officers, after they asked him if he had any other drugs on his person.

He did; a small bag of black tar heroin.

Stone was charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, aggravated battery, controlled substance violation of a schedule 1,2,3 and tampering with evidence.

While Stone’s future does not look bright, Garcia’s got a great deal better on Jan. 15 when representatives from Walgreens contacted him.

Garcia was told he would be reinstated as shift manager, KOAT reports.

"After additional review, we determined our employee was placed in an extraordinary circumstance and left the store to protect our customers, as opposed to chasing after a suspected shoplifter. Our policies and procedures are designed to protect our employees and customers from dangerous situations, and our team members are trained not to escalate those situations," Phil Caruson, of the Walgreens media relations team, said in a statement. "In this matter, it has become clear that our employee left the store to come to the aid of a customer in danger."

Garcia said he does not regret the actions he took that day.

“My job was on the line, but I’m happy to say that I did it,” Garcia said.

Sources: KOAT, KOB / Photo Source: KOAT