LANCASTER – A robbery suspect was captured minutes after the crime Friday night, thanks to a couple of good Samaritans, authorities said.
The incident happened around 6:51 p.m. at Family Fashion clothing store at 1026 East Avenue J in Lancaster, according to Lancaster Station Sgt. Kevin Pearcy.
The following is the press report from the Lancaster Station:
During the commission of a strong-arm robbery, the suspect punched the store owner in the face causing him to bleed.
The suspect then pulled clothes from the victim’s hands and ran out of the store.
Two citizen good Samaritans saw the suspect run out of the store being chased by the bloody store owner who was yelling that he had just been robbed.
The citizens saw the direction the suspect ran and checked behind businesses in that area.
When they found the suspect hiding behind a trash can, the suspect ran away and the citizens gave chase.
When the citizens caught up to the suspect, they tackled him and held him on the ground until deputies arrived.
Deputies arrived and took the suspect into custody without further incident.
The strong-arm robbery suspect was identified as Theodore Heyse, a 33-year-old White male. Heyse was arrested for robbery around 7 p.m. and booked at the Lancaster Station on $50,000 bail. His court date is set for Tuesday (Dec. 11).