A suspected Brooklyn shoplifter was killed when three of the grocery store’s employees sat on him waiting for the police to arrive on Saturday morning. The man was reportedly homeless and looking for food when he was caught, according to one of his homeless friends.
Witnesses told the police that they saw Ralph Nimmons stealing food and placing it in what looked like a cake box. Three Stop & Shop workers showed up and restrained him. They dragged him down and held him down with their feet.
They were on top of him. Literally standing on top of him. Stepping on him to hold him down,
one of the shoppers present at the scene said.
The incident happened at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Witnesses said the employees were aggressive with the man even though the 51-year-old repeatedly told them that he had a heart condition and couldn’t breathe.
The Man Was Reportedly Homeless and Hungry
Another witness said the three employees were the assistant manager, the manager, and a worker. When the police arrived, the homeless man showed no vital signs. He was immediately taken to a hospital, but doctors couldn’t save his life.
A cause of death has not been determined yet, but the police has launched an investigation to see if the employees committed a crime. Stop & Shop refused to comment about the incident.
One of Nimmons’ friends told NY Daily News that the man was hungry and looking for food. The police and the man’s friend confirmed that Nimmons was homeless even though his last address was at a home on East 21st Street.
The man’s friend said that it is not the first time he or other homeless men go to the Stop & Shop store on the Flatbush Ave to get “some food”. Store employee unveiled that the man was trying to shoplift a cake box.
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