“He just came in here to get his check. He’s been in his job for two hours,” says a fellow employee. “And they talk about somebody just robbed the building 30 minutes ago — he’s been in this building for two hours.”
Meanwhile, a woman who seems to be a manager in a purple shirt, pleaded with the officers. Another woman in the video can be heard yelling to Isaiah to “just lay down” and “don’t move.”
Witnesses yelled that the man wasn’t their suspect from the robbery that had taken place approx. 30 minutes prior because he’d been on duty for the past two hours.
Not to long after the video went viral, the Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne released a statement saying that a security alarm was triggered at a 29th Street business, where an unattended backpack was discovered at the loading dock. The chief said Isaiah was arrested because he had a backpack that matched the description of the same one at the crime scene.
Payne clarified that the additional police officers were brought in efforts to de-escalate the situation, saying the man refused to comply with authorities. He also reportedly started making suicidal comments.
Payne says following “a subsequent review of video obtained from McDonald’s indicated the suspect arrived approximately 20 minutes before officers. This conflicts with witness statements that the individual was on-site for several hours.”
He added, “Body-worn and dash-board camera footage has been collected and preserved per department regulations. At this time, the individual has been charged with resisting arrest and the investigation into the breaking and entering is continuing.”
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