Fighter/record store owner subdues knife wielding thief

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tom “Mate” Anderton chokes people out in the cage, and runs a record shop, Tom’s Music Trade in Red Lion, PA. Recently, the two worlds colllded.

Some unfortunate allegedly tried to steal from his store. It is wrong to steal, but it is really, really, really wrong to pull knives, and that is what allegedly happened with Anderson confronted him.

“Mate” disarmed him, and applied a rear naked choke, holding him until police arrived and arrested him.

AND… he is a UGer!

Rebecca LeFever from YDR.com provides further details.

A Red Lion store owner said he was worried about his 12-year-old daughter and customers in the store when a man who police said attempted to shoplift items pulled a knife.

Thanks to his training as a cage fighter and boxer, store owner Tom Anderton said he was able to hold the man in a choke hold until police arrived.

Anderton said he opened his store Saturday and a man police identified as Shawn Frazier came inside the shop.

Frazier, 45, of Red Lion, was in the store for about two hours, looking through various CDs, DVDs and video games, according to charging documents. Anderton said Frazier was acting strangely and he spoke to Frazier twice about not putting merchandise in places it didn’t belong.

When Frazier came to the counter with one CD, Anderton said, he asked Frazier about the items he could see in his back pocket.

“I just grabbed them,” said Anderton.

As Anderton reached for Frazier’s back pocket, Frazier pulled a black handled lock blade folding knife, according to charging documents.

Anderton said when he saw the knife he grabbed Frazier’s arm and tried to hold it.

“He had to be about a foot away from my stomach,” Anderton said.

Two other customers jumped in to help and it took all three men, and repeated punches from Anderton, to bring Frazier down, Anderton said.

“My daughter was in the store,” Anderton said. “My two other girls, 10 and 7, they’d left just a short time later to go see a friend. What if they all would have been there?”

Anderton said he held Frazier in a rear naked choke and made him sit on the floor until police arrived.

The merchandise in Frazier’s pocket, a DVD and a cassette tape, was worth less than $20, police said.

“I’m shook up a little,” Anderton said Saturday. “I’ve had shoplifters before but nothing violent like this. I worry about what could have happened.”

Frazier was charged with felony robbery and summary retail theft. He was released Saturday night on $10,000 bail. He could not be reached for comment.

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Alleged bad guy Shawn Frazier (the after picture)