Shoplifter Demands Arrest Of Customer Who Had The Nerve To Stop Him

Christopher Simpson says the man who tackled him when he was shoplifting should be punished

Greenfield, WI – A man who admitted to shoplifting $275 in video games from a Walmart says the man who stopped him and held him until police arrived should be punished.

Christopher Simpson was leaving Walmart after he put 10 to 15 video games in his coat. He pushed past a Walmart employee when a customer tackled him, according to WGN.

"Me and my girlfriend decided to steal some video games from the place, and I was the one to walk out with them and she was to come out behind me," Simpson told WGN. "I'm unemployed and I guess I needed the money, or the merchandise or whatever, but that's no excuse for my criminal behavior."

"I was just trying to make it out of there alive. I don't know what possessed this guy to do this," Simpson said, according to WGN. “I think what he did was wrong and he should be punished for it.”

"I hit the floor with my head and basically after that he put me down and he laid on top of me. I could barely breathe," said Simpson, according to WGN.

The customer, Mark Hammer, was a former high school football player who played on the defensive line. Hammer said that Simpson said he was going to have him arrested for assaulting him.

"I told him well I'm not assaulting you I'm just holding you until the cops get here,” Hammer told WGN.

Simpson has a lengthy criminal record, according to WGN, but he said that was the first time he tried shoplifting.

He was treated for injuries to his head and ribs and then taken to jail. He was charged with one count of retail theft. Simpson is out on bond.

"This would've turned out differently if I was seriously injured because he wouldn't have walked away clean," Simpson said, according to WGN.

Citizen's arrests across the country are generally governed by case law on a state by state basis.

Most states allow citizen's arrests of felons and people committing violent misdemeanors in the presence of the person making the arrest.

In Wisconsin, it's not legal for a random customer to detain a non-violent shoplifter. However, Simpson shoved a Walmart employee which would have given Hammer legal standing to make a citizen's arrest.

Comments (28)
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JBo
JBo

They live and breed amongst us.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

"...he said that was the first time he tried shoplifting."

Yes. Yes, of course it was.

Rowdyone*
Rowdyone*

Is this how stupid we've become? Criminals are suing because they got caught!

Sherry1969
Sherry1969

This guy is definitely the village idiot.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"I'm unemployed and I guess I needed the money, or the merchandise or whatever, but that's no excuse for my criminal behavior."

hmm..... these appear to be excuses but that's just me. Now add arrest ,charges, your face publicized and potential fines to your ever longer list of problems.

Bonneville Kid
Bonneville Kid

This sounds more like a robbery to me, once he used force on the Walmart employee to further his crime it becomes a felony. Robbery is the taking of property by force or fear, ( for those of you non-LE) at least that is the standard I have used for 40 yrs, per our penal code.

JohnP
JohnP

It’s Hammer Time!

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

This guy reminds me of @Burgers Allday. (the shoplifter of course)

I spotted a shoplifter in Walmart once and reported it to a manager, they looked like they couldn't care less about it. Don't get yourself hurt over it. Not worth it. Save the citizen's arrest for felonies against people.

RIDGERUNNER
RIDGERUNNER

Criminals are getting so used to committing crimes and playing the victim and actually getting rewarded for their criminal activity that their thinking is skewered to the point that their ridiculous rhetoric of being the victim makes complete sense to them. Seems like a lot of judges today agree with these criminals.

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

I'm tripping balls with the nerve of this guy. Is he really pressing charges? I wonder if it would be considered unprofessional for a judge to, instead of simply dismissing the case, to flip both middle fingers, jump on top of the bench, pull up his robe, take his dick out and piss on the file documents while laughing maniacally looking straight in this lowlife's eyes.

Diwee
Diwee

I stopped a gut at Walmart from stealing a 55" TV. The greeter asked to see his receipt and he kept walking. I just opened my shirt and showed him I was carrying. He just left the tv and left the store. Never had to touch him.

AZBIGDOG
AZBIGDOG

So, retail theft? How about a charge of burglary with strong armed robbery thrown in? POS admitted they entered a commercial establishment to commit a theft, the amount would be considered a felony in most states, he physically assaulted an employee who tried to prevent the theft. Sounds to me as if the scum sucking prosecutor needs to go back to bottom feeder school. So where did the criminal get money for bail?

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

The World of political correctness. Attorneys that waste the Courts time on these type of cases should be disbarred. There are actual cases that get delayed because of this kind of garbage.

jbp1952
jbp1952

Personally, I do not give a damn what this career criminal thinks. Not one tinkers damn!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Doubt that any charges will be laid against this hero.

debs37
debs37

That Slug should be a comedian on the tonight show for such stupidity!!

TheMickster
TheMickster

He's about to get a WalMart paycheck!