A good Samaritan in Hollywood, California, saved the day after a homeless man allegedly sucker-punched and robbed an elderly man earlier this month in broad daylight.
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Surveillance video shows the elderly man sitting down during the Aug. 1 incident when another individual suddenly walks over, attacks him, and steals his phone and wallet.
The Daily Mail reported the victim is believed to be in his 70s and was eating at Raffallo’s Pizza in Los Angeles, at the time of the brutal assault.
But the situation didn’t end there, as business owner Tim Ratcliff, who was reportedly eating nearby with his girlfriend, ran after the perpetrator, tackled him, and held him down until authorities arrived.
“I took him down and just waited there until the police arrived,” Ratcliff, owner of Shin, a local Japanese restaurant, told KTTV-TV.
Watch the incident unfold — and see Ratcliff’s brave actions:
Ratcliff said he was “shocked” the incident happened, and told The Daily Mail he, too, was punched by the perpetrator before he tackled him.
The heroic takedown led to the victim’s phone and wallet being recovered and returned.
As for Ratcliff, he said people are tired of the crime spike in his area — and that he would gladly help in the same way again, if needed.
“We’re seeing it more and more, people just not putting up with it and taking it into their own hands,” he told KTTV-TV. “Which I’m glad for. I’d happily do it again.”
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