74-yr-old Pittsburgh black belt Charlie Burton takes down mall shoplifter, threatens to break his arm | Bob's Blitz

74-yr-old Pittsburgh black belt Charlie Burton takes down mall shoplifter, threatens to break his arm

74-year-old ex-karate teacher Charlie Burton helped police take down and restrain a shoplifter at the at the Washington Crown Center mall in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

“I was going to the food court to get something to eat, and I went over there and there was this officer,” Burton told KDKA News in Pittsburgh. “He had [the suspect] up against the counter there, and I saw he was in trouble.”

So Burton, who used to teach karate, decided to intervene. He grabbed the alleged thief by the arm and helped the security guard wrestle him to the ground.

“It happened so quickly,” Burton said in a separate interview with the Washington Observer-Reporter. “I just grabbed his arm and started twisting it. The security guard had him by the other arm and was trying to take him down.”

Bam.



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