Ripon police chief takes down armed robbery suspect

Ripon police chief Ed Ormonde stepped up to the plate and arrested a suspect involved in a violent armed robbery.

Ormonde, 41, ran after the suspect after the robbery Wednesday morning. Police said four masked teenagers entered Ripona Market around 7 a.m. and took over the store at gun point.

The store clerk pleaded with them not to harm him.

"[The clerk] believes he was struck with a pistol as he wasn't able to open the safe fast enough," Ormonde said. "He was very scared, fearful for his life."

Police said the assailants stole cash from the safe and other items from the store. Before taking off, they dismantled the store's surveillance system.

The suspects then ran away from the store, with officers in pursuit, including Ormonde. It's not uncommon for Ormonde to work in the field, since there are only 21 sworn officers in the department.

"Eventually, several blocks away, we were able to catch up to them as they were jumping fences," Ormonde said. "Once we got him pinned down, roughly 5 to 6 blocks away, two more were apprehended."

Four bags were found abandoned by the suspects at Mistlin Park, about a mile from the market. Police found cash, other stolen items and three air soft guns.

"These had been camouflaged to make them look like actual firearms," Ormonde said.

In total, five teens were arrested, including three minors and two 18-year-old suspects.

The police chief said it was just another day on the job.

"It's not abnormal for me to respond," Ormonde said. "It'd be abnormal for me to actually be involved in the apprehension of somebody because our staff is usually on top of it."

The suspects face multiple charges, including armed robbery and resisting arrest.


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