It didn't take Jaanus Jurisoo long to figure out a fellow customer a Sarasota CVS Sunday afternoon was in there for all the wrong reasons.
He says the man's outfit struck him as odd.
"Jeans and a leather jacket, and it was 82 degrees outside," Jurisoo said Wednesday.
Then, he noticed the man was wearing a bandana over his face. Jurisoo says he heard the robber order everyone to shut up or he'd shoot.
But when the man, later identified as 65-year old Freddy Johnson, raced back toward the store pharmacists, Jurisoo did the unthinkable: he followed him.
He's seen on surveillance video slowly, but confidently creeping along the aisles and then pouncing on the perfect moment.
"I just grabbed his hand and neck and forced him on the ground so I could have full body control, so I can make sure he's not aiming at anybody anymore. Then I just flattened him down, and choked him out," Jurisoo explained.
Jurisoo held him there for about two minutes, until police arrived.
So how exactly did he learn that move?
"Self-defense lessons. And a little practice, a little bit you know. It's like a hobby," he chuckled.
Sarasota's Police Chief was even floored while watching the surveillance video.
"I want to talk to him and see if he's interested in working for the Sarasota Police Department, because I was quite impressed with his tactics!" Chief Bernadette DiPino laughed.
While most are calling him a hero, the everyday superman says he's just happy he could do something to help.
"I just didn't want things to escalate. There were other people in the store, mostly women and kids, you know. Who else would step up if it wouldn't be me?" Jurisoo said.
Johnson is actually charged with two armed robberies: the one at the Fruitville Road CVS and another robbery back in February.
DiPino says confronting a suspect is dangerous, so she doesn't recommend it. Still, she also can't help but applaud Jurisoo's selfless actions.
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