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14 year old football player tackles suspect trying to shoplift in Seattle

14 year old boy named Kevin Merz stopped a shoplifter in Seattle by tackling him

14 year old boy named Kevin Merz stopped a shoplifter in Seattle by tackling him

We hear bad news all the time in the media about football players, but this is some good news. It comes out of Seattle, where a man shoplifting was stopped by a 14 year old football player named Kevin Merz. Merz is not your average 14 year old boy, he is a 6-foot-1, 206-pound 14 year old.

The wild scene occurred this week at a mall near Seattle, where the suspect allegedly was removing tags from more than $900 in merchandise at a Target. When an officer tried to apprehend him, the suspect bolted out of the Target and into a cosmetics store … then into an Old Navy, where another officer was waiting … he gave her the slip and ran outside … where another officer was waiting … so he ran back inside … and right into Kevin Merz, who tackled the suspect. The man was arrested and charged with third-degree theft, resisting arrest and making or having burglary tools.

Merz, who was shopping with his family, told ABC News “I decided that I have to protect my family.”

The 33-year-old suspect, who has a long history of felony theft, was booked into jail, according to police. He was charged with third-degree theft, resisting arrest and making or having burglary tools. The Bellevue Police Department did not release his name, probably because he was slammed by a 14 year old.

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