TV anchor chases, catches robbery suspect in Savannah

TV anchor chases, catches robbery suspect in Savannah (Image 1)

  One man is in police custody Monday night after trying to rob the PetSmart on East Victory Drive.

WSAV’s Russ Riesinger was in the store when the man announced a robbery, grabbed cash from the register and ran out of the door.

Riesinger chased the suspect to Victory Drive where he and another man held him until police arrived.

The robbery happened around 8 p.m.

“I saw Russ take off out the door.  I went out the door and followed Russ and then a couple of good Samaritans from Chipotle Grill stepped in.  They apprehended him and nobody was hurt.  It has a good ending for everybody,” said PetSmart employee Priscilla Nelson.  “We are just grateful to Russ.”

Riesinger, who has been in the news business for 30 years, joined WSAV in January of 2004 and currently anchors five afternoon and evening shows a day for the station.

Metro Police have not released the suspect’s name.

WSAV is owned by Media General, which also owns WBTW News13.

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