A man working at Starbucks had his laptop stolen. He was killed when he chased down the thief

Posted at 4:09 PM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 16:14:58-05

A man died on New Year's Eve after chasing down the person who snatched his laptop while he was working at a Starbucks.

The man, whose name has not been released, was at a Starbucks on Mountain Boulevard in Oakland, California, on the morning of New Year's Eve, according to statements from the Oakland Police Department.

While he was working, the suspect approached him around 11:30 a.m., grabbed his laptop and ran, the statement said.

The man rushed after the thief in an attempt to retrieve his computer but suffered a critical head injury as the suspect fled in a car, the police told CNN.

The Oakland Fire Department gave immediate medical attention to the man before he was transported, in critical condition, to a local hospital. He later died from his injury.

Maria Chan, who runs a flower shop across the street, described what she saw to CNN affiliate KGO.

"He was bleeding only from the head. His face was purple and blue. Fortunately someone tried to do first aid to help him," she said.