Maybe I have just missed other threads or got lucky and not tripped over them...
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My fellow site members are getting touchy, cranky, irritable, and down right
We have a member who related 30 seconds of his day and the events that transpired from second 1 and the decisions that he made.
None of us are perfect, and will make the right decision every time in any situation.
Popular opinion - Call the police, give a description of the suspect, go on with your life. That will get filed with the stuff to do on a really slow day.
OP choice IMO correct to a point, follow and get more intel. Better description, vehicle, ect.
Lost sight of perp, sees car backing out and steps behind it;OK, any honest citizen backing out of a space and someone yells STOP while hitting the trunk, they are going to stop "What did I just about run over, a person, a kid... The OP got the right car, dicey move on his part but the right car regardless of losing sight of the suspect.I run in back of it (stupid), slap the trunk with my hands and yelled for him to stop. He didn't.
OK now what? The ante just got upped. Do that to a cop, plainclothes or uniform, and that is vehicular assault/attempted vehicular homicide. Do the Police hesitate to draw and fire? Yes, I know we are not police, does that mean that the classification of a deadly weapon and crime committed changes?
The snowball effect has started rolling, and the OP and the suspect are committed to it's end pending the choices they make with every heartbeat. No time to analyze and think it through, just act & react. OODA loop I think it is called.
And here a great many of you are, picking apart every second of his actions.
The OP is not a cop, was not playing cop, he was doing what he thought was the right thing to do at the time.
Personally, I would have more concern over someone stealing my wallet than my car. I know you have all heard of identity theft, and a purse/wallet is chock full of all a body needs to completely RUIN a persons life in short order, let alone a quick home robbery while the victim is at Wally World WAITING for the police to show up to make a report.