Video footage captured the riveting scene as New York City Police officers grappled with a man who was attempting to shoplift from a Marshalls store.
In what has almost become a rarity as brazen thieves walk out of retail stores with goods unapprehended, the scene at the Marshalls store in Queens, New York unfolded with two police officers struggling with the suspect, identified as 45-year-old Franklin Nunez.
Video footage was shared on social media Thursday as shocked customers caught the unfolding drama on their cameras.
Though Nunez managed to break free from the officers, he was reportedly caught later and charged with assault on a police officer and possession of burglar tools.
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“Two NYPD officers arrive to place him under arrest but they couldn’t handle him,” the caption on the Instagram post of the video shared. “He was later arrested when a backup of 10 cops arrived.”
The suspect reportedly has an outstanding warrant for grand larceny as well as 15 prior arrests on charges of burglary and drug possession, according to Daily Mail.
The outlet noted that the arrival of police in response to shoplifting has seen a change as the store has updated its policy.
“Previously, staff were required to wait 30 minutes before summoning law enforcement by which time the perpetrator was long gone. — reversing a previous policy of waiting 30 minutes after the thief made off with the goods,” the Daily Mail reported, adding that this is “in stark contrast to what has gone before in other shoplifting incidents.”
A video from another angle appears to show Nunez reaching around one of the officers.
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