In a remarkable display of courage and resilience, a shopkeeper in Amsterdam's Nieuw-West district apprehended a 15-year-old armed robber from Castricum, Netherlands, on the night of November 27, 2023. The incident, which occurred around 11:00 PM at an evening store on Ruys de Beerenbrouckstraat, saw the teenager brandishing a firearm, intimidating a staff member, and several customers while demanding money.
Brandishing his firearm, the young perpetrator fired several shots within the store premises in a terrifying display of audaciousness. The scene turned more chaotic as he attempted to escape, leaving a trail of discharged rounds on the street. However, his escape plan was thwarted by the prompt actions of the store owner and several bystanders.
Alerted by a phone call from an employee, the store owner arrived swiftly at the scene. With the help of brave bystanders, he pursued and managed to capture the adolescent near Kruisherenpad, a short distance from the crime scene. The intervention of these courageous citizens resulted in the recovery of the stolen items, discarded on the street during the chase.
The police arrived shortly after the suspect's capture, taking him into custody and confiscating the firearm. In a statement, the police expressed their appreciation for the store owner and the bystanders' bravery and quick thinking.