Man accused of shoplifting dies after grocery store employees sat on him

  • Police are investigating an incident after a man died inside a Brooklyn Stop & Shop on Saturday
  • The 51-year-old man died after an altercation with staff who tried to subdue him after alleged shoplifting

A man who allegedly shoplifted at a grocery store in Brooklyn, New York died Saturday after employees sat on him in order to subdue him.

The 51-year-old suspect, who was identified as Ralph Nimmons, was tackled by three employees at the Stop & Shop at Flatbush and Tilden avenues, the New York Post reported.

Authorities said Nimmons was spotted shoving items into what appeared to be a cake box. After a scuffle broke out, three employees tried to tackle him and sat on him; after which he became unconscious.

According to the New York Post, witnesses said Nimmons told the employees about his bad heart condition and also that he couldn’t breathe. However, the employees held him until police arrived at the scene.

“They were on top of him,” customer Antwaune Savage, 31, reportedly said. “Literally standing on top of him. Stepping on him to hold him down.”

Police said the employees then flagged down a police officer, and emergency services were called. The man was taken to Kings County Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Stop & Shop said it was working closely with authorities to help assist in the investigation.