Helping victim stop suspects ‘was like a movie’

Grand Rapids police respond to a shooting on Dickinson Street SE near College Avenue. (May 19, 2014)
Grand Rapids police respond to a shooting on Dickinson Street SE near College Avenue. (May 19, 2014)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who helped his cousin detain two suspects after an apparent attempted armed robbery and shooting in Grand Rapids last week said he’s grateful he was there.

It happened around 8 p.m. Monday at a home in the 500 block of Dickinson Street SE, near College Avenue, where people had gathered for a birthday party. The victim was on the front porch when he was approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, police said. They were trying to steal his prescription glasses, the victim’s cousin told 24 Hour News 8.

There was a struggle. Three shots were fired. The victim was hit in the upper back.

“I heard gunshots at first,” the victim’s cousin, who asked not to be identified, said. “Something just clicked in my head. It’s like, ‘You need to get outside.'”

He rushed to see what had happened.

“I went outside and I seen my cousin wrestling on the ground,” the cousin said.

The victim, bleeding heavily, was fighting with the man who had shot him.

“Our main focus was to get the gun out his hand,” the cousin said.

They succeeded. The cousin then went for the second suspect, who used a neighbor’s shovel as a weapon. They managed to subdue him, too. Another woman who had come out of the house secured the gun, putting her foot on it.

“It was like a movie,” the cousin said.

Police soon arrived and arrested the two suspects.

“I’m grateful that I was there to help him in a time of need,” the cousin said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

Sunday, he did something out of the ordinary for him, he said.

“Someone had told me I had a blessing over my head; I was being blessed that I needed to go to church,” the cousin said. “And I took that to heart and I went to church.”

The cousin was hit with the shovel and sustained minor injuries, but is OK.

The victim is recovering in the hospital and is expected to be released in a week or so, the cousin said.

“Only thing he really says to me is, ‘I love you. cuz. Thank you for helping me,'” the cousin said. “‘You was there when I needed you.'”

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