FIRST On 9: Heroic citizen takedown helps state trooper arrest shoplifter

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – An ordinary drive down Arlington Blvd. Sunday in Greenville quickly turned into a bizarre scene.

The State Highway Patrol was responding to a shoplifting call at Rack Room Shoes at the Greenville Mall. The suspect took off on foot, followed by the responding state trooper.

Matt Goschke was riding in a car nearby when he saw what was happening. He decided to hop out of his car and tackled the suspect until the trooper could catch up and handcuff him.

The take down happened near the intersection of Arlington Blvd. and Evans St.

The suspect was then escorted back to the trooper’s car.

Goschke said it was a crazy experience, but was glad he could help out.

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