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Family of the alleged shoplifter who died while in custody calls for eyewitnesses to come forward

October 10, 2018 By Christina Carrega Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Eloise Siverls (left) the aunt of Ralph Nimmons, Sanford Rubenstein (middle) attorney for the Nimmons family and Bonezelee Nimmons (right) the uncle of Ralph Nimmons, met with Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 about the ongoing investigation into Ralph’s death on April 14, 2018 while in custody of Stop & Shop security. Eagle Photo by Christina Carrega
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The family of an alleged shoplifter who died while in custody of Flatbush Stop & Shop security guards are asking for eyewitnesses to help prosecutors with the criminal investigation.

Almost six months since Ralph Nimmons was pinned on the ground by the Tilden Avenue grocery store security guards for allegedly stealing, his aunt and uncle are still seeking justice.

“We are calling for extra witnesses or anyone who saw what happened or has any information so we can close in on this grand jury indictment,” said Bonezelee Nimmons, the uncle of Ralph Nimmons, at press conference on Wednesday.

The family and their attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, had a 30-minute meeting with Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez about the ongoing investigation into Ralph’s death on April 14.

Three store security guards held the 51-year-old man on the floor as he pleaded with them that he couldn’t breath and had a heart condition, the family attorney said. He died at Kings County Hospital.

“They (prosecutors) have received the autopsy report that clearly says that Ralph Nimmons died of sudden cardiac death following a physical altercation or restraint prone positioning,” said Rubenstein at the press conference.

Ralph Nimmons’ death was ruled a homicide by city officials in September.

None of the employees have been arrested.

“We remain saddened by the unfortunate event that took place at our Flatbush store on April 14, 2018, and are continuing to cooperate fully with law enforcement,” said Jennifer Brogan, a spokeswoman for Stop & Shop.

Every Saturday afternoon, the family holds a protest at the scene of the crime. “We will continue to protest the store,” said Eloise Siverls, the aunt of Ralph Nimmons.

Investigators have video evidence from the incident that shows “a number” of witnesses at the scene, said Rubenstein who hasn’t seen the video. “We want justice…Please come forward, we really appreciate it it’s for a good cause and that is to get these people who killed my nephew,” said Bonezeless Nimmons as he tried to hold back tears.


Prosecutors are calling on the public to call a hotline 718-250-2040 with any information that can help with their investigation. Callers identities can remain confidential.


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