A video of an alleged assault by a Century 21 security guard on a shoplifting suspect.

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Century 21 Guard Accused Of Assaulting Shoplifting Suspect In Viral Video

May 12, 2018 - 3:44 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A security guard from the Century 21 store in lower Manhatten is under arrest for allegedly roughing up a shoplifting suspect.

That suspect is also under arrest.

A video has gone viral that appears to show security guard Wilson Acosta tackling, punching, and choking 19-year-old Victor Roberson.

In the video, Robertson is heard telling the guard he can't breathe. Bystander Brian Fraser tells the guard to relax.

Police say Roberson had stolen some Prada shoes. He had been arrested several times before for things like grand larceny, and was charged with petty larceny and possession of stolen property. This is Acosta's first arrest, he's charged with assault.

Century 21 released a statement Saturday, regarding the incident.

“We take this situation very seriously. The asset protection team member involved in the apprehension of the alleged shoplifter has been suspended pending an investigation. We will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement.” Larry Mentzer, Executive Director of Stores