Merced PD: Good Samaritans intervene in robbery attempt, hold suspect until officers arrive
Photo credit: Merced PD
Originally published 5-7-22 via Facebook
by the Merced Police Department:
“Merced – A Minnesota man was apprehended by two good Samaritans after he attempted to steal thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry from the JC Penny store in Merced.
On 05-06-22, at approximately 1525 hours, Merced Police received numerous calls of several subjects fighting at the JC Penney store located at 851 W. Olive Ave.
When officers arrived, the suspect identified as Stephan Stanley (39) was being held to the ground by two good Samaritans. Through the statements of witnesses and corroborating video surveillance, Stanley broke glass in the jewelry department and began taking items from the jewelry case.
Two men grabbed a hold of Stanley at which time Stanley began fighting back and hit one of the Samaritans with a hammer. Stanley then attempted to pepper spray the Samaritans but instead, pepper sprayed himself. The two Samaritans were able to hold Stanley down until officers arrived on scene.
Riggs paramedics arrived on scene and provided medical aid to all involved parties. There were no life-threatening injuries.
Stanley was arrested for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, drug charges, and other offenses.
Case Number: 22-26972″