Police: Witness helps catch Juneau robbery suspect

JUNEAU — Juneau police say they were able to arrest a robbery suspect with the help of a witness who chased the man down and detained him until officers arrived.

The Juneau Empire reports that officers had responded Sunday night to a report that Michael Hoyt, 38, had taken a cellphone from another man. A 45-year-old Juneau man who had been nearby then stepped in to stop Hoyt.

Juneau police Lt. David Campbell says the witness was able to keep Hoyt restrained by resting his body on him until police arrived.

Hoyt was treated for injuries at a hospital before being taken to a Juneau correctional facility.

Police say neither the witness nor the alleged robbery victim sustained any injuries.

Hoyt was arraigned on the second-degree robbery charge Monday.

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