Norwalk robbery suspect arrested in Walmart parking lot

Two witnesses help cops nab suspect.
Cary Ashby
Jan 30, 2014

Two witnesses helped apprehend a fleeing man accused of stealing merchandise from the Norwalk Walmart on Tuesday.

Nathaniel W. O'Brien, 24, of 142 Concord Court, is charged with robbery. If convicted of the second-degree felony, he faces two to eight years in prison.

"He caused physical harm to another during the theft offense. ... He ran from the business with stolen merchandise," Norwalk Assistant Law Director Scott Christophel said.

Christophel declined to say what was stolen, but said police recovered the merchandise.

"When the employees confronted the individual, he attempted to flee," Norwalk Police Officer Michael Biller wrote in his report.

"Two bystanders in the parking lot intervened to help apprehend the subject. An unidentified female tripped the subject, causing him to lose a shoe briefly and a male subject in the parking lot grabbed (O'Brien) and held onto him until police arrived. The subject attempted to free himself from the grasp of the concerned bystander by producing a can of aerosol pepper spray on the bystander and himself," the officer said.

O'Brien was arrested in the Walmart parking lot shortly after he reportedly fled the scene. Police said they also arrested the suspect on a probation violation warrant through Norwalk Municipal Court.

Walmart employees reported the suspected robbery at 1:44 p.m.

The last officer left the scene almost 50 minutes after being dispatched to Walmart.

"I think he (O'Brien) ran into an employee while fleeing and caused physical harm to the (male) customer," Christophel said.

It's unknown if the male victim required medical attention. The police report indicates an Ohio 60, New London, male witness wasn't injured.

If O'Brien posts a $10,000 bond, he is prohibited from being on the premises of the Norwalk Walmart.

The defendant's criminal history includes a 2010 felony theft conviction in Huron County.

Comments

susanmilliman

This figures - Myself and a friend once tried to help this young man and guide him in the right direction. He took total advantage of the siuation and ended up using us. Karma is all I have to say.

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Seen it All

Wow on they eyebrows is all I can say!

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dargatz73

wow he looks like a dope sick mess!!!

rickross2

Pierced ears, waxed eyebrows, yea, you'll be popular in there. At least he won't fight it like Andy Dufraine

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dargatz73

he will definitely cut the rope off the soap (s)he will have a party in there!

JACKEL

Wow, what's with Andy ?

cisco

Looks like someone finally caught Waldo !!

rbenn

kinds resembles Bob Geldoff in Pink Floyds the Wall,

Fairlybadboy

"Tell me why I don't like... I don't like...
Tell me why I don't like, Mondays..... "

teiwaz

Wow. I'm surprised that Walmart didn't fire the employees for violating (some type of) company policy.

Richard Cranium

I wonder if he is related to the kid on "We're the Millers".

EXOTHERMAL3333

looks kinda weird perhaps a zombe

kURTje

Gotta nice looking prison face

DieselSmoke

I wonder if he was stealing lip stick and eye shadow.

Kobayashi Maru

I heard this kid once got busy in a Burger King bathroom

rickross2

He heard it was home of the Whopper

Seen it All

Buhahaha

Fibber Mcgee

At least Wal-Mart is still open , and didn't have their landlord not renew their lease :)