When Dean Crouch saw a man allegedly running a stolen handgun from a sports store in Tallahassee, he stepped into action. Crouch, the deputy manager, prosecuted the man, who was also accused of threatening to shoot people, and attacked him.
Now, Crouch, 32, says he was fired from his job in Tallahassee's Academy Sports because he was the theft suspect who fled the business. According to News4Jax, Dean Crouch was fired, "because he physically touched a 'customer'."
The Tallahassee man says he was suspended right after the incident and was terminated by the company. This message has led some social media to criticize Academy Sports for dropping a man many consider a hero.
You must know the following:
1. Jason White Is Accused Of Stealing Guns From Two Tallahassee Companies That Day
Jason White, 24, is accused of using three weapons from two different companies Grab: Academy Sports and Cash Americana Pledge Early July 2018.
On July 2, 2018, the Tallahassee Police Department wrote on Facebook: "The Tallahassee Police Department has been arrested at two different stores on Friday, June 29, 2018 for three shootings of gunshots
The first call came from Cash America Pawn. "The TPD officials responded to Cash America Pawn at 2535 South Adams Street at 11:21 am," the police wrote.
"Employees reported that one man was looking at two pistols, .45 caliber caliber and .380 caliber." The man took both handguns and ran out of the store without buying them and fled with a silver Toyota The area. "
According to the Tallahassee Democrats, police received another phone call four hours later, this time from Academy Sports, and discovered" The employees had arrested a man carrying a gun, ammunition and a backpack that came from stolen from the store, wanted to run out of business. "
White was indicted by the Tallahassee Police Department for stealing firearms. In the courts of Leon County, Florida, three charges are pending
2. Dean Crouch helped catch the fleeing suspect
The newspaper story of Karl Etters in Tallahassee further cites Crouch's lawyer Ryan Hobbs as saying the company fired Crouch "because he got Mr. White's hands" to him to arrest.
According to the newspaper's story, Crouch and another employee have observed that White allegedly took the gun and tried to flee the store so they "attacked and defeated white at the exit doors." White was then held in an office until the authorities arrived and made comments like "I stole and I admit it" and "I'll steal again when I get out of jail," the Democrat reported.
"My clerk shouted," Stop this man! "And I turned around and saw Mr. White with a firearm in his hand running from the gun bar to the front of the store," Dean Crouch told News4Jax. "I stopped him in front of the door and I grabbed him to the ground and we arrested him and locked him in. We secured the firearm."
White is accused of buying more than $ 700 in store items. The Tallahassee Police Department press release said, "A second call was received at 15:12 at Academy Sports on 3122 Mahan Drive, where employees arrested a man who ran out of business with a gun, ammunition, and a backpack. "
Officers reviewed the evidence and" arrested Jason White for the theft of an Academy Sports .40 caliber pistol. * Investigators in the Burglary Division helped investigate and verified evidence from Cash America Pawn that Mr. White was using in both cases A warrant was obtained from investigators for the vehicle of Mr. White, a silver Toyota Corolla, and the caliber .45 caliber stolen by Cash America Pawn was found in the vehicle, "the press release said.
. 3 Crouch says he's "dumbfounded" by the action of the store
"To be honest, I was very baffled that Academy would do that, because I worked so hard for the academy, bringing blood, sweat and tears to this place," Crouch told the TV station. "I had a great staff and for them I came through and tried to protect myself to protect the community, it really hurts."
Crouch told News4Jax that his family had to market their home shooting, which was made in a conference call.
. 4 The company says that Dean Crouch has taken measures that are incompatible with corporate policy
The company has not said much about the termination of the Crouch. Academy Sports spokeswoman Elise Hasbrook told the Tallahassee Democrats, "While the incident ended without injury, measures were taken that were not consistent with corporate policy and we discussed the matter with the local business and the individuals involved."
According to News4Jax, Hasbrook also said, "We do not comment on any specific personnel issues or share company policies …"
The store's website says it's athletic and outdoors store. "At each of our more than 245+ locations, we offer a wide range of high quality hunting, fishing and camping equipment, patio sets and barbecues, as well as sports and leisure products at low prices – for all, for less," announces the website.
. 5 Other companies now offer Crouch employment and people named squat on social media
Dean Crouch has a lot of support in social media. Madison Social, a Tallahassee bar, wrote on Twitter: "If anyone knows Dean Crouch – the Academy's sports manager, who got fired after attacking a guy who stole a gun and threatened to shoot people, I'm glad To give him some shifts so he can help his family transition. "
One man shared this tweet on his own page and wrote," That's why we love @MadisonSocial @ ForTheTable, they're trying to help our community be a better one Based on alleged allegations by the suspect, Dean Crouch prevented the murder, and unless further information is available, I will no longer shop at the Academy. "
Some were duller. "I'll never go to your store to shoot #decrouch, you guys are part of the problem," wrote a man on Twitter. One woman wrote, "This is wrong @Academy, Dean Crouch, he's a hero … and we need heroes!"
Dean Crouch, a Tallahassee, Florida man, says he's an assistant manager's job fired at Academy Sports for attacking an armed gun suspect. A Tallahassee, Florida man, Crouch says he was fired from his assistant manager's position at Academy Sports for attacking a suspected gun trader.