Good Samaritan Chases Thief, Gets Assaulted – as told by his 10-year old Son
[EDITOR’S NOTE: We’d like to assure our Readers that we got full permission from Cooper’s Mother Kimberly before conducting this interview.]
Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer
A good Samaritan and his 10-year old son pursued a shoplifter outside Walgreen’s in Burien Wednesday night on their bikes, before the Father was assaulted numerous times on Ambaum Blvd. and SW 136th Street near Chelsea Park.
The good news is that the suspect was captured and arrested by police as he was hiding in a garage near SW 135th Street.
The bad news is that the good Samaritan was repeatedly assaulted, suffered head injuries (including a possible concussion) and a bloody nose, and ended up at Highline Medical Center.
Robbin Geiger and his son were on their bikes outside Walgreen’s at SW 148th and Ambaum when a thief exited the store around 6:30 p.m. A clerk shouted out that the suspect had stolen some food, and that’s when Robbin started the pursuit.
Normally we tell these stories using police as our main source (and there were plenty of police on hand – at least four or five cruisers and the KCSO’s Guardian One chopper circling overhead), but this one’s different – we were able to speak directly with Cooper Geiger, 10, the son of the good Samaritan.
Cooper told the story to The B-Town Blog and a Seattle TV News Videographer in excited, detailed tones that rivaled a young Ron Howard portraying Opie (as he spoke to us, we practically expected Andy Griffith to show up and pat the red-headed boy on the head).
“My Dad tried to detain the suspect when he found out he had stolen from Walgreen’s,” Cooper said matter-of-factly. “The shoplifter kept knocking my Dad off his bike and hitting him, then gave him a bloody nose near the Dairy Queen.”
But that didn’t stop Cooper’s Dad, who got back on his bike and chased the suspect further north on Ambaum, before finally tussling with him on SW 136th, where he got knocked down and suffered a head injury.
“After he got hit down and hurt his head my Dad was very confused,” Cooper told us. “He kept asking the same questions over and over, didn’t know what day it was or even what two times two was. That’s also when I noticed he had blood on his face, shirt and hands.”
Robbin was taken to Highline Medical Center. His condition is unknown.
Cooper said that his Dad caught up to the suspect many times, tried to detain him, but the thief kept getting away. At one time Robbin told passersby that he had “been hit” and some thought that he had been struck by a vehicle. Someone called 911 and police responded quickly as our hero kept pursuing the bad guy, even though he was bloodied and injured.
The chase culminated on SW 136th near Chelsea Park, where the thief knocked the victim to the ground, causing a bloody head injury and possible concussion.
“The sad part of this is that this was all over a can of soup and some beef jerky,” Sgt. Pat McCurdy of the King County Sheriff’s Office told us. “The suspect is a known drug user and he was stealing food from Walgreen’s. He assaulted a clerk and left the store and that’s when the good Samaritan got involved.”
As we learn more about this crime, including the condition of Robbin, we’ll update this post.
In the meantime, we’d like to give a virtual high-five to young Cooper for sharing this story with us, along with a “get well soon!” cheer to good Samaritan Robbin.