“A lot of people will take out their phones but not help a person,” said 3rd-degree Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt Idriz Redzovic, “I decided to jump in.” Which meant very bad karma for a suspected thief in Chicago.

Redzovic was at the store getting Slurpees for his kids when he noticed a man harrassing patrons and then employees. “Once I saw him actually connect and hit the employee in his head, I jumped in, grabbed him like I do in training here, put him down, flattened him like a pancake and then I tied him up like a pretzel in a position called ‘Gift Wrap’ or ‘Twisting Arm Control,’” Redzovic said.

The alleged thief was identified as 30-year-old Christopher Cruz. In the video, Cruz pleads for Redzovic to let him go. But that didn’t work for the black belt hero, who held the man down for 18 minutes waiting for police and filmed the incident so others could watch.

This is actually the second time Rezovic has been on the news for stopping a crime. Two years earlier, he stopped a car break-in along with one of his teammates at the gym he owns.

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