CHICAGO (CBS) — Video shows a Good Samaritan stepping in to help a store clerk during an attack on the city’s North Side last week.

As CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reported Monday night, what the attacker didn’t know was that the Good Samaritan also happens to be a jiujitsu trainer.

At 10:15 p.m. Thursday, June 16, police said the suspected thief entered the 7-Eleven and proceeded to take food items and try to walk off without paying. The 19-year-old store clerk did not approach the thief at the time, police said.

But the same man entered the 7-Eleven again soon afterward and was asked to leave – at which point he punched the clerk, police said.

Soon afterward, Redzovic had him in a jiujitsu “gift hold.”

“Hey homie, let me go,” the man is heard saying.

“No,” Redzovic tells him. “You swung at those dudes.”

Despite the rapid takedown and hold, Redzovic never injured or hurt the man. He stayed holding onto the suspected thief until police arrived 13 minutes later.


Caught on video: Jiujitsu instructor steps in, pins down suspected thief at Ravenswood convenience store – CBS Chicago (

It is a good thing the good Samaritan was in good shape and had the knowledge to control the critter. I know I could have not (Probably would not have intervened either) and probably most of you either. Not because cowardice, but common sense: There is a gun already present, and crap can go sideways if we go MMA.
But what I see happening in the future if these delays keep happening is that either the bad actor will be let go unharmed or with a nice reminder never to come back and screw again with this location and people.
I seem to recall from some book where a bad guy was sliced three time across the gluteus zone for some non-deadly offense and sent on his merry way. Those are wound that are a bitch to heal and constantly remind you they are there.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

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  1. “common sense: There is a gun already present, and crap can go sideways if we go MMA.”

    When I went thru my first concealed carry class back in the early 90’s, the instructors were very clear. If you are carrying a gun, you do NOT get into a fist fight, nor a wrestling match, nor a bitch slap fight, nor any other altercation that involves physical contact. You either walk away or shoot, as the condition requires. As you implied, as soon as there’s contact the other guy has an opportunity to get your gun. Additionally, if you get in a fist fight and start losing, the temptation is there to pull the gun and escalate, at which point it is no longer self-defense according to the law.

  2. I am firmly in the camp of “I would not have intervened.”
    The store clerk is not within my mantle of protection, I do not know him, he is not family, he is not close personal friend. I shop in that store, not own it.
    If I were to get involved in the altercation, my ability to claim self defense disappears. (At least in my state). I have become an active participant in the fight. (I may have well initiated it) You are not attacking me, or someone I hold a responsibility to protect, I am out of there. End of story. I am not going to be defending myself in a court because I wanted the local quick-e-mart to avoid inventory loss.

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