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Good Samaritan arrested after armed robber who he restrained until police arrived died

By Mason White 12:40 PM July 17, 2017
Shane Bryant
Shane Bryant
By: Emily Lewis

A father of two children in the United Kingdom, died after he was restrained for 30 minutes while waiting for police to arrive.

29-year-old Shane Bryant and his friend were armed with golf clubs and baseball bats when they stormed a store in Ashby, Leicestershire.

It was about 10:00 p.m., on Thursday, when the armed men demanded money. The employees were unharmed, but were left shaken up by the robbery.

As the armed men tried to get away, a 24-year-old man managed to restrain him and made a citizen’s arrest.

The accomplice managed to get into an Audi, and tried to run over the man who was holding his friend down. However, he was unable to get close without injuring his friend so he drove off.

When officers finally arrived to the scene, Bryant told them he was feeling sick. He was rushed to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.

Bryant’s condition became worse and he died on Saturday. His friends and family demanded police to arrest the man who held him down as they believe he killed him.

Police arrested the 24-year-old man on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. He was later released as the investigation is ongoing.

Police said that the death is being treated as unexplained and an autopsy will be perform to see if he had an underlying medical condition that caused the death.

Serina Larvin, a family friend, has set up a crowdfunding page to raise money for Bryant’s family.

Larvin wrote: “As you all know, a much loved friend of our community got taken away in unexpected circumstances. He left behind two small children and a absolutely heartbroken family.

“I thought it would be nice to raise some money to give to his children and help support the family in any way possible.”

The page attracted many negative comments about the deceased.

One person wrote: “Unexpected circumstances!!! What a joke. He was an armed robber who threatened innocent people for his own gain!! Deserved everything he got. Justice has been served. Live by the sword, die by the sword.”

Another wrote: “A dead criminal? Oh dear, so sad, never mind. Life goes on, for some.”

A person who donated a small amount of money wrote: “This person was a menace to society. I donated to demonstrate my disgust that a person who defiles law abiding citizens forgoes any rights for himself. Just giving should not allow this appeal.”