Jason Chan, Chicago Restaurant Owner, Chases Down Alleged iPhone Thief

Jason Chan, a Chicago restaurant co-owner went the extra mile for one of his customers as he chased after a man who allegedly stole an iPhone from one of his customers. According to the Huffington Post, the co-owner of the sushi restaurant, Juno, delivered quite the smackdown to the man.

The report continues on to say that Chan told the Sun-Times that he thought the man in a distinctive “Freddie Krueger-style sweater” looked suspicious when he walked into the restaurant. Chan said that the man put his coat on the bar, asked for a pen and paper before he quickly dashed out of the building.

It was at that point that Chan asked one of the sushi bar regulars, Gary Wolske, if he still had his phone. According to ABC News, Wolske stated, “I just happen to glance over to get my phone, and it wasn’t there.” When Chan asked if he had his phone or not, Wolske said, “Oh my God, he did, I don’t have my phone.”

That was when Chan took action and jumped into his car. He said he spotted the man because of his distinctive sweater as he walked into a nearby pizzeria, allegedly about to attempt another phone robbery, according to the Huffington Post.

Chan told reporters that he warned the man to stay put until the police could come and remedy the situation. Chan told ABC News the following:

“He got into an aggressive stance with me, and I said, ‘Don’t try to hit me, if you try to hit me, I’m going to defend myself,’ and then I said ‘Don’t even think about hitting me,’and then he tried to hit me.”

The suspect, Justin Ballog, was held by Chan until police could arrive, at which point they charged him with misdemeanor theft. According to the Huffington Post, Ballog is being held on $10,000 bond.