Police: Witnesses nab man who robbed 'Shrimp Lady' at gunpoint

Police: Witnesses nab man who robbed 'Shrimp Lady' at gunpoint

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - According to officials with the Waveland Police Department, a man's attempt to rob a popular seafood dealer in Waveland was foiled by some alert citizens Friday.

Waveland Police Chief David Allen said Christan Ryza, 18, is accused of robbing Ly Le, known to many as The Shrimp Lady, at her place of business at the corner of Highway 90 and McLaurin Street.

Authorities said Ryza, a Colorado resident, held Le at gunpoint, stole her cash and then took off on foot. Allen said two men who witnessed the crime followed Ryza and held him until police could arrive.

Police tell us the gun used in the robbery and the cash taken from Le were recovered. Allen said Le was not injured in the robbery.

Allen said Ryza is charged with armed robbery. Officials say he was also wanted in Colorado on a felony drug charge at the time of the incident.

Ryza is being held at the Hancock County Jail on a $250,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing.

This is not the first time Le has been attacked while selling shrimp from her van in a Waveland parking lot. Last June, Larry Hurt pleaded guilty to stabbing Le in the shoulder during an argument over a business transaction in November 2011.

The Waveland Police Department would like to thank the men who witnessed the crime and held the suspect, but encourage the public not to approach armed criminals.

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