A courageous customer at a CVS store in Florida risked his own life when he tackled a man who was attempting to rob the pharmacy, and the incident was caught on surveillance video.
When 65-year-old Freddie F. Johnson walked into the CVS pharmacy in Sarasota, Fla., on Sunday intending to rob the store of some prescription drugs, he had no idea Jaanus Jurisoo was going to foil his plan.
Johnson approached the counter of the drug store and demanded all the Oxycodone and Hydromorphone pills, according to a report from WFTS-TV. But as the clerk put the drugs on the counter, security camera footage shows Jurisoo creeping up behind Johnson, wrapping his arms around the suspect’s neck and then throwing him to the floor.
Jurisoo held the crook until police officers arrived. Johnson, who was charged in connection with the robbery, is also being accused of another robbery in February, police say.
“He was begging me to let the choke go because he can’t breathe, he can’t breathe,” said Jurisoo. “So, I got worried at some point but as soon as I loosened it, he tried to get up again so, so I was choking him harder again.”
Jurisoo, a transplant from Estonia who tints car windows for a living, told ABC Action News that he has a background in self-defense.
Despite Jurisoo’s efforts, the Sarasota police warned against people using physical force with criminals.
“Although we applaud the actions of Mr. Jurisoo in bringing this suspect into custody, we do not encourage or recommend that members of the public take matters into their own hands when they observe a crime,” Captain Patrick Robinson said.