Rob­bery-foil­ing fairy tick­led pink by avalanche of praise

The New Zealand Herald - - NEWS -

A hum­ble hero wear­ing a pink fairy cos­tume has been “shocked” at the at­ten­tion he has re­ceived.

There has been an out­pour­ing of praise for the ac­tions of Liam Fon­taine, a 23-year-old Napier land­scaper, who caught an al­leged rob­ber in the act af­ter com­plet­ing Sun­day’s Breast Cancer fun walk with his sis­ter and her two daugh­ters.

About 2pm on Sun­day Fon­taine’s fam­ily headed to Ark­wrights dairy in Napier to get ice­cream for his nieces.

They were leav­ing the dairy when a “sus­pi­cious look­ing” man wear­ing a bal­a­clava walked in.

“I had put my pie and my drink into the car when the store owner chased this man out of the shop,” he said.

Fon­taine took off af­ter the al­leged rob­ber, along with an­other cus­tomer, a 14-year-old boy.

“We both got him on to the ground and pinned him there while my sis­ter was in the dairy . . . call­ing the po­lice.”

The man put up a bit of a fight, he said, but he and the teenager put him in his place.

“We just told him ‘look . . . the more you fight the worse it’s go­ing to be’.”

He said po­lice took over when he and his helper man­aged to flag down an off-duty of­fi­cer.

Se­nior Sergeant Kevin Ste­wart wanted to thank the “fairy hero” for sav­ing the day.

“We want to give our pink fairy hero and his ac­quain­tance a big pat on the back for [stop­ping the of­fender] get­ting away,” Ste­wart said.

Fon­taine said he had not ex­pected his ac­tions to re­ceive so much Watch the video at nzher­ald.co.nz at­ten­tion. “It’s been pretty full on. My friends think it’s pretty crack-up.”

He said he hoped some of the at­ten­tion would go to the teen who helped catch the rob­ber.

The 42-year-old man ar­rested in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent en­tered no plea when he ap­peared in Hast­ings Dis­trict Court yes­ter­day charged with ag­gra­vated rob­bery.

He was granted in­terim name sup­pres­sion and re­manded in cus­tody un­til his next ap­pear­ance in Novem­ber. — Hawke’s Bay To­day

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Liam Fon­taine says he and a teen stepped in af­ter Ark­wights dairy owner John Zhao chased the sus­pect out of the shop.

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