ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A lot of people in Albany are fed up with crime and they're fighting back. Monday afternoon, a man robbed a clothing store in the West Gordon Avenue strip mall. Thanks to a good Samaritan, he didn't get far.
It's the third business robbery in a week. Last Monday night, the Krystal on Dawson Road was robbed at gunpoint. Sunday night, someone held up the North Slappey Arby's. The latest target is the City Gear clothing store in a normally busy shopping strip.
After the quick robbery, Lamar Delbridge acted just as quickly. "A lady came out and said 'hey stop that guy'," said Delbridge, "I ran off to catch him."
He was after 46-year-old Keith Henderson. Just moments before, police say he walked into the clothing store as a customer but later told employees he had a weapon and demanded money from the register.
"After complying, the suspect then left out of the store headed towards Family Dollar," said Albany Police Media Manager Phyllis Banks-Whitley.
Police later found out the robbery suspect had no gun. But while on the run, Henderson wasn't expecting someone like Delbridge to be running after him. So he tried the same scare tactic he used in the store. "Came out his pocket like he had a pistol," said Delbridge.
It didn't work. Delbridge had another surprise of his own for Henderson during the chase. "I happened to have mine on me at the time so I came out of my pocket with my pistol and he slowed down," said Delbridge, "I grabbed his shirt and tried to pull him and hold him down but he got away from me."
Henderson didn't get away for long. "The police was coming down the road and I just pointed my finger to which way he was going," said Delbridge.
"Shortly after that, our officers were able to take him into custody," said Banks-Whitley.
It all came to an end a few minutes later on South Harding, thanks to a quick-acting good Samaritan. "It speaks volumes for the citizens of Albany when they're willing to get involved despite the dangers they may endure. We are very thankful because he was able to slow the suspect down," said Banks-Whitley.
"I just feel like I just did something to help somebody out. I don't feel like I deserve a reward or anything like that. I just feel like I helped somebody," said Delbridge. He was just in the right place at the right time.
You may be wondering why Delbridge had a gun himself. He tells us he works as security guard so he has experience dealing with trouble.
There's no word if the robbery job is connected to any others. If you have any information on any of the previous robberies, call Albany Crime Stoppers at 436-TIPS.
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