VIDEO: Sarasota CVS customer tackles robbery suspect

SARASOTA, Fla. - A shopper tackled a man as he was trying to rob a drugstore Sunday afternoon, according to Sarasota Police.

Janus Jurisoo was shopping at CVS in Sarasota on Sunday, when a man attempted to rob the pharmacy.

"I am Batman on the weekends," said Jurisoo, 33, jokingly.

MORE: Scroll down to see surveillance video of the takedown.

Police said Freddie F. Johnson, 65, walked into the store at 2773 Fruitville Road with a bandanna over his face and threatened the clerk at the entrance.

Johnson went to the pharmacy in the back of the store, implied he had a gun, and demanded all of the Oxycodone and Hydromorphone pills -- both prescription drugs.

Pharmacy staff placed the drugs on the counter, and Johnson demanded a bag.

Jurisoo, a transplant from Estonia, said he happened to walk into the store right after Johnson.  It was to be a routine stop to pick up some water before Jurisoo took off on a kayaking adventure.

"Then, I see he is threatening the ladies at the pharmacy and the girls are all scared," Jurisoo recalled.

Jurisoo jumped on Johnson, and fell to the ground.  Jurisoo held the man down until officers arrived.

"He was begging me to let the choke go because he can't breathe, he can't breathe.  So, I got worried at some point but as soon as I loosened it, he tried to get up again so, so I was choking him harder again," Jurisoo explained.

Jurisoo added that Johnson threatened to pull out a knife but never did.

Jurisoo, who tints car windows for a living, told ABC Action News he has a background in self-defense.

Johnson was charged with one count armed robbery in connection to this case.  Johnson is also facing a count of armed robbery in connection to a February 27 robbery at Hedges Pharmacy.

Sarasota Police warned against citizens getting physical with criminals.

"Although we applaud the actions of Mr. Jurisoo in bringing this suspect into custody, we do not encourage or recommend that members of the public take matters into their own hands when they observe a crime." said Captain Patrick Robinson, with the Sarasota Police Department.

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