Being a good samaritan can mean helping people in many different ways. Remove a cat that’s stuck out of a tree or tackle a robber for stealing from an elderly man.
A Hollywood restaurant owner took matters into his own hands when he tackled a thief who allegedly sucker-punched and robbed an elderly man. The attacker took the older man’s phone and wallet.
As seen on a surveillance video, Tim Ratcliff ran down the thief after he took the victim’s phone and wallet. The pair remained on the corner while waiting for authorities to arrive. “I took him down and just waited there until the police arrived,” Ratcliff said.
He added: “I was not gonna lie, the adrenaline was a lot at that point, and afterwards it was exhausting it felt like I had worked out the next day for quite a bit.”
Ratcliff’s girlfriend along with another witness also waited until police arrived, which was around ten minutes after the tackle at the intersection of La Brea and Hollywood. Crime has recently spiked in the area, leading the Los Angeles Police Department to add 200 officers to the Hollywood division in an attempt to reduce incidents like this.