Fired Best Buy security guard who tackled suspect outside California store can have his job back, company says

Detectives found burglary tools, stolen property and meth in Timothy Trujillo’s vehicle.
(Placer County Sheriff’s Office)

The Best Buy security guard in California who was fired after tackling a suspect can have his job back.

The employee had been discharged for violating company policy after helping law enforcement apprehend Timothy Trujillo outside the Roseville store earlier this month. However, Best Buy said in a statement to the Daily News on Tuesday that it has taken “another look at what happened.”

“In the end, we understand he made a split-second decision to do what he thought was right and, while we wish he hadn’t put himself or anyone else at risk, we regret our initial decision and will be offering him his job back,” the statement read.

The security guard, identified by TV station ABC 10 only as Tyler, restrained Trujillo as he was trying to get away from detectives. Trujillo, suspected of multiple burglaries in both California and Nevada, had struck an officer after being confronted by authorities at the Best Buy. He was captured following a “short foot pursuit,” according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.


Detectives found burglary tools, stolen property and meth in Trujillo’s vehicle.

Local law enforcement officials credited the employee for his help, but cautioned against civilians interfering in arrests. Best Buy fired him last week, explaining that “chasing an individual in the parking lot creates a safety risk that isn’t worth taking, regardless of how noble an employee’s intention is.”