Posted by Caleb Hutton
For background, here’s the story we ran after the botched robbery.
And here’s the press release from Bellingham Police Lt. Rick Sucee:
Bellingham, WA–On Friday September 28, 2012 Bellingham Police honored three citizens that stepped in and foiled a robbery of an 80 year-old man’s car. On July 30, 2012 an 80 year old man, who uses a walker to get around, parked his car at the Wendy’s restaurant on Samish Way. As the man got out of his car he was confronted by a 31 year-old male suspect. The suspect demanded the man’s car keys grabbing them and throwing the 80 year-old man to the ground. Amanda Briggs, a Wendy’s employee, witnessed the incident and ran to the vehicle. The suspect started the car but still had his leg hanging out, so Briggs slammed the door on the suspects leg and attempted to pull him out. As the suspect put the car in reverse Briggs was knocked to the ground. While this incident was playing out two more citizens ran to assist Briggs and detain the suspect. Michael Widman and Damon-Federico Holden were able to get part way in the vehicle to stop it and then wrestled the suspect out of the car and pinned him to the ground until police arrived.
Bellingham Police Officers went to Wendy’s restaurant on Friday September 28, 2012 to award the three a letter of commendation from the police department. In the letter from Chief Todd Ramsay, he commended the three for there willingness to come to the aid of another, their courage, and credited them with the apprehension of a dangerous felon.
The suspect, Reggie W. Williams 31, was booked for Robbery in the 1st Degree, Assault in the 1st Degree, and Theft of a Motor vehicle.
Williams is still awaiting trial.