JOLIET – A Morris man held onto the hood of a car trying to stop a getaway from a shoplifting attempt at the store he worked at, used a gun to stop the suspects, and ended up getting arrested himself, according to a Joliet police account.
The heroics followed an alleged attempt to steal a cellphone from a store in the 2200 block of West Jefferson Street in Joliet . The store already had the phone back before the suspects drove off with Enrique Delamora, 26, of Morris, clinging to the hood of their car.
“Yeah, I was on it while [the driver] was flying,” Delamora said Wednesday.
The car went about a block before the suspects stopped with Delamora holding them at bay until police arrived.
But Delamora was charged with not having a firearm owner’s identification card and released on bond.
Delamora said Wednesday he used his gun to protect an employee being attacked back at the store, but declined further comment.
A 911 call brought police to the scene. Lee A. Barfield, 20, and Trianna T. Williams, 21, both of the 1400 block of Pioneer Road in Crest Hill, were charged with battery and released on bond. A 16-year-old girl was arrested on a charge of shoplifting.
Police did say Delamora actions led to the fleeing suspects being stopped.
“Delamora grabbed onto the hood of the car as Barfield drove down Springfield Avenue. As they reached Oneida Street, Delamora pulled out a gun, so Barfield stopped the vehicle,” Lt. Jeff Allbert said.
Allbert said the incident began about 4:25 p.m. when the three suspects came into the store.
The 16-year-old girl asked an employee to see a cellphone and was looking at it when Williams began speaking with the employee, Allbert said. When the employee noticed the teen walking out with the phone, she confronted her outside the store and got the phone back.
“Williams then grabbed the woman [employee] and threw her to the wall of the building before she and the 16-year-old went to leave in a silver car driven by Barfield,” Allbert said.
Delamora and another worker came to the woman’s aid, and both were reportedly struck by the car as Barfield pulled out to drive away. Neither of them required hospital treatment.