Racing to the scene, he cursed himself for temporarily housing the reprobate.
He entered to a frantic jeweler shouting, “He’s trapped in the back office!”
Officer Henry quickly ushered him to the storefront sidewalk.
Minutes later, the first responding officer returned and said, “He’s secure. I’ll do a perimeter search.” He vanished round the corner.
The jeweler stood thunderstruck as within moments Officer Henry materialized at his side.
Blaring sirens announced backup that would soon find an impossibly empty office.