On the ball: officer nabs robbery suspect during foot chase

Ryan Prajzner

With assistance from Walmart loss prevention staff and two good Samaritans, a Vidor police officer sidetracked a robbery suspect fleeing the superstore following an alleged theft, but not before he sustained some sensitive injuries during a short foot chase.

On Wednesday, May 16, at approximately 9:57 p.m., the Vidor Police Department received a phone call from the Walmart located at 1360 N. Main in Vidor in reference to a theft in progress. The caller advised dispatch that a white male was attempting to return merchandise that he had removed from a shelf inside the store in order to get cash from customer service staff. Loss prevention personnel attempted to detain the suspect, identified by police as 24-year-old Ryan Allen Prajzner, but he was able to elude them, knocking over four people on his way out the front door of the store, which elevated the charge from robbery to theft.

As the responding officer arrived at Walmart, he saw the suspect running from the store and gave chase, as did two good Samaritans. The officer found Prajzner attempting to hide along the fence line of a nearby residence. When the officer told him to stop, Prajzner jumped over the fence to avoid detention and bruised more than his ego, sustaining injuries to his ankle and his scrotum, according to police. He was found lying on the other side of the fence before he was detained and brought back to Walmart.

Prajzner, who had reportedly just been released from the Jefferson County Jail the day before, was admitted into the hospital for the ankle injury and bruised scrotum. Prajzner could soon find himself out of the hospital and back behind bars, this time at the Orange County Jail, as detectives plan to file charges related to the robbery.

A criminal database search revealed Prajzner has a history of theft and possession of a controlled substance and has had two short stints in state jail in Huntsville.

 “The Vidor Police Department would like to thank the good Samaritans for coming to the aid of the officer during this foot chase,” Carroll said following the incident.