Robber bites manager in attempted getaway

Robber bites manager in attempted getaway

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The sound of pills rattling tipped off a Walgreens manager that there was something odd about a shopper Saturday morning.

A police affidavit said Walgreens manager Elliott Riddle told police he heard a shopper's pants making "a rattling noise" about 6:00 a.m. Saturday.

Riddle asked the man to untie the bottom of his pants.  He refused, pushed him and ran out of the front door of the store.

Riddle ran after him and grabbed him, but the suspect bit him on the hand.

Riddle did not give up. He tackled the man and held him down until police arrived.

Kris Kirby, Riddle's friend, said he was not surprised.

"He's the type of person who wants to make sure the cops have someone to arrest when they get there," said Kirby. "I think if his wife would let him, he'd be a police officer."

Police arrested 28-year-old Ronnie Bobo and charged him with theft and assault. Police said he was hiding $150 worth of Aleve in his pants.

"He's like all of us and thinks the cops can use all the help they can get," said Kirby. "It's our neighborhood, too."

Kirby admitted what Riddle did was dangerous.

"There's a fine line between bravery and stupidity," he said. "His wife probably beat him worse than the robber did."

Memphis Police said they are unfamiliar with anyone using Aleve to manufacture illegal drugs.

Walgreens policy prevents Riddle from talking to the media.

Bobo has already been indicted four other time for burglary and theft.

Police recommended you comply with robbers whether or not they are armed. If you do not, they said you could be risking your life.

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