MEDFORD, Ore. — A violent robbery in-progress was halted on Thursday when an "alert citizen" came to the rescue, according to a post from the Medford Police Department (MPD).
The attempted robbery occurred just before 1:45 p.m. when the citizen reportedly saw a man — later identified as 24-year-old Jeffery Aaron Moore — standing over another man who was lying on the ground near an apartment building in the 700 block of Royal Avenue, according to MPD.
Moore was reportedly rummaging through the victim's pockets and had stolen the man's cell phone. When the citizen approached, Moore tried to flee the scene, throwing away the victim's phone. The citizen chased down and tackled Moore — holding him until officers could arrived, MPD said.
Investigators later determined that Moore had hit the 50-year-old victim from behind, apparently after seeing a cell phone in the man's hands. The suspect was going through the victim's pockets when the citizen intervened.
"The 50-year-old victim, who is partially blind, sustained a head injury when he hit the ground, but is going to be okay," MPD said.
Officers found that Moore was high on methamphetamine at the time of the robbery and was also in possession of the drug. Moore now faces charges of Robbery, Assault, Harassment, Possession of Meth, and Disorderly Conduct.
"We applaud the bravery of this citizen in making the decision to not only intervene, but to chase down the suspect. You sir are a true hero," MPD said.
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