Watch Restaurant Owner Chase, Tackle Suspect Who Sucker Punched Old Man

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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A California restaurant owner chased after a suspect who sucker punched an old man before tackling him to the ground in dramatic video footage.

Video footage taken earlier this month shows an elderly man being punched in the face while sitting at a table outside Rafallo’s Pizza at the intersection of La Brea and Hollywood, according to CBS News. The suspect robbed the victim’s phone and wallet, but was chased by business owner Tim Ratcliff, who eventually tackled the suspect into the street, Fox LA reported.

“I took him down and just waited there until the police arrived,” Ratcliff said, according to Fox LA. Ratcliff said that he held down the suspect for approximately nine minutes before police arrived.

“I was not gonna lie, the adrenaline was a lot at that point, and afterwards it was exhausting it felt like I had worked out the next day for quite a bit,” Ratcliff added.

The business owner said members of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) are fed up with the spike in crime. (RELATED: ‘He Shot My Arm Off!’: Elderly Liquor Store Owner Stops Robbery)

“Even one of the officers and I talked about it … they’re tired of it … a lot of people like myself are tired of this type of thing happening,” Ratcliff said.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell introduced, on the same day of the attack, a proposal to transfer $216,000 from his office to the LAPD to address the rise in crime by putting more officers out on the streets, Fox LA reported. O’Farrell’s office said there has been a 75% increase in homicides and a 35.6% increase in shots fired this year so far when compared to last, with robberies also increasing, the outlet reported.