Watch: ‘Hangry’ Good Samaritan uses car door to take down suspect running from police

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JACKSONVILLE, TX – It’s the kind of video you can’t help but to cheer at.

A fleeing suspect that was being pursued by a Jacksonville Police officer earlier in March in the drive-thru area of a fast food restaurant was brought to a quick stop, once a bystander in line used his vehicle door to help stop the fleeing suspect.

According to a post on the Jacksonville Police Department’s Facebook page, the incident occurred on March 10th within the parking lot of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant.

Police were reportedly pursuing, on foot, a male suspect accused of operating a stolen vehicle.

Surveillance video shows the suspect running through the parking lot, when the driver of a white flatbed truck flung his driver’s side door open – directly in the path of the fleeing suspect. 

The impact from the door slows the suspect down, knocking him to the side and contributes to him losing his footing. With the officer hot on the suspect’s tail, he’s able to bring the suspect to the ground. 

Thereafter, the driver of the white flatbed gets out of the vehicle to quickly move what appears to be the officer’s taser out of the suspect’s reach – as it appears as though the officer set the taser on the ground while trying to get one of the suspect’s arms in his control. 

A second officer then responds on the scene while the suspect is being detained on the ground. 

The Jacksonville Police Department wrote the following caption above the shared video online: 

“Today, Jacksonville Police Officers attempted to stop a man in a stolen vehicle. The suspect ran through the Chick-Fil-A parking lot. A hungry customer, who was waiting patiently for his chicken sandwich, used his door to stop the suspect.”

“The suspect was quickly apprehended after the “HANGRY” (but helpful) citizen reminded the suspect as to why you should never run from the police.”

Police officials have not shared any details regarding the suspect’s identity, nor specifics behind the alleged crime committed that led to the arrest.

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It must be something in the water in Texas that compels citizens to help police take down suspects, as we at Law Enforcement Today reported in February about a mother who helped tackle an alleged “peeping tom” who was reportedly trying to peek into her daughter’s bedroom. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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LAKE JACKSON, TX – A mother in Lake Jackson, Texas was recently caught on a police officer’s dashcam video tackling the man accused of peering into her 15-year-old’s bedroom window.

The quick takedown performed by the teen girl’s mother even prompted a nearby officer to joke about the Texans needing a new linebacker.

The events preceding the on-camera tackle transpired on January 31st at approximately 7:00 a.m., when Phyllis Pena had just returned home from the store to see a man, later identified as 19-year-old Zane Hawkins, allegedly gazing into her teenage daughter’s bedroom window.

At the time of the purported gawking by the suspect, Pena stated that her daughter wasn’t inside of her bedroom.

Nonetheless, Pena called the police after the suspect had reportedly fled the area. Lake Jackson Police later spotted Hawkins, who reportedly matched the suspect’s description afforded by Pena.

Hawkins was alleged to have started running from police and was making his way toward Pena’s home as she was still standing outside.

It was at this point where video captured the suspect trying to run past Pena, where she gets in the suspect’s path, wrapping her arms around him, and bringing him to the ground.

When remarking on the ordeal, Pena stated the following:

“The first instinct was to make sure he didn’t get any further.”

The video of the takedown shows that shortly after Pena took the suspect to the ground, officers on the scene quickly assisted Pena with the suspect.

Pena says that one of the officers jokingly mentioned about how the Texans could use someone like her:

“The cop fist-bumped me and he was like, ‘Hey, so I heard the Texans are looking for a new linebacker.’”

Sergeant Roy Welch commented on the matter, noting that it’s “not very often” that citizens step in to help police literally take down fleeing suspects:

“It’s not very often that we have somebody that actually steps in, puts themself in harm’s way to assist in apprehending somebody.”

Apparently, Pena stated that her children know of the suspect, but don’t personally know him.

As for the suspect, Hawkins has since been booked on charges of evading arrest, resisting arrest, and possession of a controlled substance.

Officials have also mentioned that Hawkins could face more charges down the line, but no specificity on what those charges may be were mentioned.

Police officer recovering after two good Samaritans rescue him from burning vehicle

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Two locals in Salt Lake City are being lauded for their heroics and coined as Good Samaritans when they rescued a police officer from a burning vehicle after the cruiser was struck by another vehicle that ran a red light.

The accident occurred at roughly 4:00 a.m. on Jan. 9 in the area of 600 South and 200 West. It’s near the site of a Motel 6 where these Good Samaritans were working at the time. 

According to Sgt. Keith Horrocks of the SLCPD, the vehicle that collided with the officer’s cruiser was described as a “commercial truck.” It ran a red light as the officer was going through the intersection.

Sgt. Horrocks said: 

“A commercial truck was going south on 200 West and it missed the red light and collided with our officer’s vehicle. Our officer was knocked unconscious, and his vehicle caught on fire.”

Two employees from the nearby Motel 6, a desk clerk and a security guard, rushed over to the vehicle to help the officer.

According to Sgt. Horrocks:

“One grabbed a fire extinguisher, and the other attempted to rescue the officer from the burning vehicle.”

Luckily, the two motel employees were able to extract the officer from the vehicle – who was nearly unconscious at the time – when the vehicle caught fire following the impact.

SLCPD Lt. Bill Manzanares stated that he was surprised to hear the officer had only suffered “minor injuries,” considering the state of the vehicle after the crash.

He said:

“It’s very fortunate that he had as minor injuries as he does — if you saw the car, the car is pretty mangled.”

Following the rescue of the officer, who has not been named, he was reportedly evaluated and treated at a nearby hospital. Sgt. Horrocks noted that he’s “extremely grateful” for the actions of those two people who came to assist the officer in need.

Sgt. Horrocks said: 

“I just keep thinking, you know, these two guys were at the right place at the right time and also took action, and we’re extremely grateful for that.”

One of the heroes involved in saving that officer has been identified as Joseph Daniel. Looking back on the situation, Daniel described the chaotic moments when assisting the officer:

“I screamed at him that the car was on fire. He had to get out. He couldn’t get out. He was banging on the window. I ripped the door handle off and moved the door, which was smashed and stuck just enough for him to push his way out.”

The motel security guard stated that he thinks if the roles were reversed and it was him inside that vehicle, the officer would’ve done the same thing:

“I just always think that they would’ve done the same, so it feels good to return the favor. I would’ve done that for anyone in need.”

Sgt. Horrocks likened the quick actions by the two heroes as being illustrative of “the community” giving back to the very officers that place themselves in harm’s way to serve the community.

He said:

“It’s on both sides of the coin. Officers put their lives on the line everyday for the community, and there are times when the community pays that back, and this is one of those situations, and we’re just really thankful that that happened.”

As of this time, it’s unclear whether criminal charges will be doled out to the driver of the commercial truck that reportedly collided with the officer’s vehicle. 

According to SLCPD, the driver of the vehicle remained on the scene and has been cooperative with investigators. Officials noted that there were no signs of intoxication with respect to the driver. 

As for the officer injured, the two-year veteran of the SLCPD is currently at home and recovering alongside his family. 

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In other news regarding quick acting, Baltimore Police officers were credited with saving two lives in mid-December when a mother and young daughter were involved in what is being investigated as an attempted murder/suicide via drowning.

Caught on camera: Baltimore officers rescue child and mother who tried to drown herself and daughter

January 1, 2021

BALTIMORE, MD – A group of Baltimore Police officers are being credited with saving the life of a 34-year-old woman and her 6-year-old daughter after officials say the woman attempted to drown them both in the Inner Harbor. 

The incident occurred on Dec. 13 when Baltimore Police officers from the Southern District responded to the waterline behind Harbor Hospital on S. Hanover Street, where the mother and daughter were witnessed in the cold waters. 

Officials say that the mother was experiencing some sort of a behavioral crisis, which allegedly resulted in the attempted murder/suicide that day. 

Officers immediately took to the water, as seen on captured body cam footage recently released, first tending to the 6-year-old girl.

The young girl was immediately placed inside a police cruiser and rushed to the nearest hospital. 

At the time of her rescue, the 6-year-old was initially unresponsive. Thankfully, hospital staff were able to successfully render treatment and the girl is said to have recovered. 

As for the mother, police say that she was taken to a hospital nearby as well, to receive treatment and an evaluation. It is unclear what legal proceedings will follow with regard to the 34-year-old mother in the matter. 

The mother nor the daughter have been revealed by name as of this time. 

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