Chicago Shoplifter, Stopped in Act and Pinned by Black Belt, Pleads Guilty

Christopher Cruz, the Chicago criminal who was stopped in the middle of a crime by a good Samaritan, has pleaded guilty to his charges.

Cruz was stopped dead in his tracks and pinned to the ground until police arrived by 3rd-degree black belt jiu-jitsu instructor Idriz Redzovic.

A CPD spokesperson said at the time: “The offender took a fighting stance, at which time the employee informed the offender that if he did not leave the police would be called.

“The offender then punched the victim and a witness detained the offender until police arrived,” Chicago police added.

In a video of the incident, Cruz can be seen begging with the black belt to let him go but Redzovic refused.

After subduing the crook, Redzovic live-streamed the event and went viral.

“Hey, hey, homie. Let me go, man, homie,” Cruz begged at one point in the video.

“What are you, Russian? Syrian?” Cruz asked as Redzovic in the video

“I’m Bosnian,” Redzovic replied.

“We’re Bosnian homies,” Cruz tried to say.

“You’re a Bosnian nothing,” said Redzovic.


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Redzovic later explained how the incident unfolded.

“He assaulted a 7-Eleven employee, so I jumped in and took him to the ground and did a ‘gift wrap hold,’ which is taught in the art of Jiu-Jitsu,” Redzovic said.

According to CWB Chicago:

He pleaded guilty to the retail theft and battery charges in exchange for a 60-day sentence, which was satisfied by time served, according to court records.

Separately, he pleaded guilty to aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a stolen motor vehicle in exchange for a sentence of two years probation from Judge Shelley Sutker-Dermer, records show. 

The gun case is eligible for dismissal if he completes the probation program successfully, a filing by Cruz’s defense attorney said.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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