FOX 2's Charlie LeDuff takes down cell phone pickpocket suspect

American Coney is a Detroit institution. So is Charlie LeDuff. So when the owner of the restaurant was mugged in broad daylight, FOX 2's own was on the scene to take the bad guy down.

Grace Keros owns American Coney Island. She said it all happened in the blink of an eye. 

"I had my cell phone in my back pocket," Keros said. "He came right up to me, leaned in, it happened so quick. He pulled the cell phone out and I was like "he took my cell phone!' 

Grace said it happened on Monday in broad daylight, in front of the American Coney Island. But the hero who nabbed, Orlando Thomas, the alleged cell phone thief, is Charlie LeDuff.

She said the guy grabbed her cell phone, ran across the street and is tackled by LeDuff.

LeDuff is no stranger to taking people down. He's brought down shameful judges and county executives, but now Charlie LeDuff can add, cell phone robbers to his resume. 

"Grace yelled help! He's got my phone!' There he goes across the street so I went and asked for the phone back," LeDuff said.

When FOX 2's Charlie Langton showed the picture of the alleged cell phone thief to Keros, she said it was him but he messed with the wrong person.

"He's a big guy and he's a strong guy but LeDuff got him," Keros said.

According to the Wayne County prosecutor's office, Thomas pleaded guilty to unarmed robbery from an incident in January of this year was sentenced to probation. He absconded, until LeDuff got him.

"Yeah we need more cops!" LeDuff told Langton. "I'm being told we have more cops but I certainly didn't see any. The guy is wanted, he's wandering around, he's got warrants. Come on now. That's bull s***."

"The police are doing the best they can do, they really are," Keros said. "But at a certain point, something's got to give."
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