A customer in his 30s died following a suspected ‘robbery’ at luxury jewellery store in York.
Three men, two aged in their 40s and one in his 50s, were arrested and later released on bail in relation to the incident.
Police were called to Mappin & Webb, in Coney Street, at around 4.40pm on July 26, following multiple reports of a ‘disturbance’.
North Yorkshire Police said a man was being restrained by a member of shop staff and members of the public when they arrived.
A spokesperson said: ‘Unfortunately the man, who has been named as Samuel Diatta, aged 39 and from York, began to have medical difficulties and was taken to York District Hospital, where he was sadly pronounced deceased shortly after 6.40pm.’
A medical investigation is being conducted into the cause of his death.
They confirmed he was first rushed to hospital in an ambulance, before later sadly being pronounced dead.
A man who was shopping at high-end jewellery store Mappin & Webb (pictured) has died after a suspected robbery yesterday in York
Three men have been arrested and released on bail while investigations continue
A spokesperson from the company, which sells watches from exclusive brands including Rolex and Breitling, said: ‘We can confirm there was an incident in our Mappin and Webb showroom in York on Tuesday, 26 July.
‘Our thoughts are with the client’s family at this time. We are assisting the police with their investigation and providing support to our colleagues and clients.’
Joanne Irvine, 53, manager of a nearby Cancer Research UK store, said she’d noticed police sirens at around 4.40 pm yesterday next the shop which stocks Rolex
She said: ‘I’ve never seen the police act that way, so I knew it was quite serious. They were screaming, and it was words like, ‘Get to the ground! Get to the ground!’
‘I just took it as a thief, and they’d tried to do a runner and leave, but it was out of character for the police. You could see in their faces. It was serious.’
Joanne decided to lock up her shop as the situation became more concerning and was later told that the incident was an attempted robbery.
She added: ‘My heart goes out to them. Knowing that somebody died at the scene is traumatic. You can’t imagine what was going through their head. They must have been terrified.
‘York is such a beautiful place. It’s a diverse place and its a posh, affluent area and a very historic area.
‘Realising the severity today, you can’t take it in. It’s absolutely shocking, and it’s worrying that this could happen in such a lovely place.’
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Steve Menzies of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Investigation Team said: ‘This is a very tragic incident. The three men who were arrested in connection with the report have been interviewed and released on bail pending the results of police and medical investigations.
‘Samuel’s family are being supported by specially trained officers and I would ask that their privacy is respected to allow them time to grieve their loss.
‘I am also aware that there has been some incorrect reporting as to what has happened, which is distressing for the family. We ask that people do not speculate or spread incorrect information. However, it is important that we speak to anyone who has witnessed this incident, or who saw Mr Diatta immediately before the incident.’