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Man with handgun stops shoplifter using syringe to stab security officer

Man stops suspect from stabbing officer with syringe.
Man stops suspect from stabbing officer with syringe.
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A suspected shoplifter was stopped by a customer carrying a concealed pistol license from stabbing a security officer at a Home Depot store in Roseville, Mich. According to the Detroit Free Press on March 25, the suspect was attacking the loss prevention officer with a contaminated syringe.

Roseville police said that Joshua J. Silva, 26, entered the store on Monday, stuffed a $179 power drill under his coat, and attempted to leave. When loss prevention officers went to apprehend him in the parking lot, the man started resisting. He then took a syringe out of his coat and began swinging it around. He ended up stabbing one of the officers several times on the top of his hand, leaving five puncture wounds.

A Good Samaritan, who asked not to be identified, witnessed what was going. He then pulled out his licensed handgun and told the suspect to drop the syringe and to lie on the ground. Silva stopped the fight and sat in the parking lot until police arrived. The sound of the sirens caused him to run, but he was caught and arrested without incident.

Silva now faces charges of second-degree retail fraud and assault with intent to do great bodily harm. He is being held at the Macomb County Jail on a $25,000 bond. He has entered a not guilty plea. He claims that he has a heroin addiction. However, he didn’t look to be on drugs at the time of the incident, according to Police Chief James Berlin.

The suspect does have a prior record of drug arrests and also a retail fraud conviction.

The man that stopped Silva from hurting anyone else told police that he looked to be violent and thought that he might end up killing someone so he decided to help. He also mentioned that the suspect appeared to be ‘getting the best of’ the security officers. He will be put in for a citizen’s citation, according to Berlin.

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