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Mobile Phone Shop Manager Helps Stop Theft

GRPD says the man grabbed the officer’s baton and hit him with it, and also tried to grab the officer’s gun.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Until Wednesday, there had never been an attempted robbery in the Grand Rapids wireless zone.

“It’s been a very safe place, absolutely,” says manager Ronjiv Roy.

But Roy was ready for it nonetheless.

“The adrenaline was rising,” he recalls. “I don’t want to lose any of my property.”

Roy says right away when the man walked in through that door, he sensed something was wrong.

“We kind of had suspicions about what they could or couldn’t do here,” Roy says.

After realizing that a screen phone was missing from his office, he quietly called the police. A Grand Rapids Police Department officer showed up shortly to make the arrest.

“The guy didn’t want to be detained, obviously, so it turned into a wrestling match that ended in the back of the store,” Roy explains.

GRPD says the man grabbed the officer’s baton and hit him with it, and also tried to grab the officer’s gun. In the scuffle, a water fountain was knocked off a wall.

When Roy saw this, he decided to intervene.

“I jumped in front of my office and made sure he didn’t come out the front door,” Roy says. “I just threw him on the chairs and just got on his back.”

Roy credits his high school wrestling experience for helping him keep the man detained.

“Coach Mills of FHC wrestling, good training,” he laughs. “Had good back control, straddled the hips.”

He says that at some point the officer told him he was going to fire his taser, which also hit Roy.

“I was a little shocked by that, but it’s okay, I’m fine,” Roy said.

His family has run the store for 11 years and he likened the burglary to breaking into his house, which is why he was so determined to stop it.

“I didn’t want to see him escape from the store,” he says. “I wanted to keep him inside and make the arrest here.”

All of the items the man attempted to steal, including an iPhone 12 and an employee’s car keys, were recovered.

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