Sometimes all that separates somebody from their hero second is a split-second choice. For one restaurant proprietor, that point got here proper after the lunch rush had died down.
On Aug. 1, Timothy Ratcliff, proprietor of a Japanese restaurant known as Shin in Hollywood, California, tackled an attacker who robbed an aged man in Hollywood, California. The sufferer, who’s 64 years previous, was seated on the eatery’s patio and had simply completed paying his invoice when the incident occurred.
“It was after 3:30 in the afternoon and I actually just sat down to have lunch with my girlfriend,” mentioned Timothy Ratcliff to TODAY Food, including that the assailant, an individual he believed to be homeless, had been hanging across the restaurant for a few months. Ratcliff, who has owned the store for eight years, mentioned earlier than the assault, the assailant mentioned one thing “incoherent” to the sufferer, so Ratcliff approached to ask if the person wanted something.
“We and the pizza place (next door) will give out water and sometimes we’ll give them food if they ask for it, just to make sure they’re OK,” he mentioned. Ratcliff usually affords Help to the unhoused inhabitants round his store, saying he typically affords meals and assist to those that ask.
“If they want to get something taken care of, I do have resources for them,” he mentioned. Ratcliff mentioned that there have been incidents involving different folks round his procuring heart previously, like dine-and-dashes and different petty crime, however that the assailant hadn’t completed something regarding earlier than. “For two months, this guy has not really been a problem. He would just come up and ask for water, being totally chill until that day.”
Security cameras across the constructing captured the ordeal because it unfolded. The first safety digicam is skilled on the patio, the place the unnamed sufferer is sitting along with his canine when the assailant walks as much as him.
“I looked over and I literally watched the (man) come up and sucker-punch the guy right in the face and it knocked him right over,” Ratcliff mentioned, including that the person then took the sufferer’s telephone and pockets.
According to Ratcliff, the sufferer sustained accidents from the blow, fracturing two of his ribs on the way in which all the way down to the bottom. “He was in some pain, I can only imagine,” he recounted. “Right then, I didn’t even think about it. It was just like an instinct. I got up and I just started going after this guy ‘cause I just couldn’t believe what I saw.”
Ratcliff said as he was running around the corner, he didn’t even see the man’s fists as they made contact with his face. “My glasses flew off and I tackled him. He dropped the phone and the wallet and as I’m tackling him, he’s trying to bite me,” he mentioned.
At that point, Ratcliff’s girlfriend Olga stepped in; she can be seen in the video running into the frame from the direction of the shop, kicking the assailant a couple of times, then gathering items strewn about as a result of the struggle.
“I had just come back from the bank, so I had $1,000 spill out of my pocket in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard, which was fun,” Ratcliff said. “But I know she was able to grab it all.”
There, on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and North La Brea Avenue, Ratcliff said he held the suspect down for about 10 minutes before the firefighters and police arrived and relieved Ratcliff.
“I did not realize as I was getting off of him and I was getting up that I was blacking out with all the adrenaline and so I was really wobbly,” Ratcliff said.
After the incident, Ratcliff decided to take some time off and took a cruise with his family to heal from the bruises (and the stress) he sustained from the incident. While he relaxed away from his shop, video of this incident spread around social Media, finding itself posted and reposted on Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.
Even the video security company that caught the footage, Amcrest Technologies, posted it on YouTube. That video, posted on Aug. 12 (complete with some off-color narration from an unknown party) garnered over 990,000 views.
As for how the elderly victim is doing, Radcliffe said he’s been in contact with him this week and that he’s OK, still in pain with rib fractures but is recovering. “He said it hurts to get in and out of bed when I spoke to him about two days ago. For the first week and a half or so he said couldn’t cough, sneeze or laugh because it hurt so bad.”
Radcliffe said now he’s just waiting to testify in the case against the man who was arrested at the scene. Aside from that, he is tending to family, friends, the shop and his other career as a magician, which is how he came to know of the restaurant he now owns.
“I’ve owned this now for eight years, it’s been there for 12 years,” Ratcliff said. “I’ve been a magician right up the street for the Magic Castle. That’s actually how I got to own it.”
And whereas his headline-making act may not have been magical, many are calling it heroic.