Two citizens helped a police officer struggling to arrest a man wanted on a warrant Wednesday in Bloomington, Indiana, according to Bloomington Police Department Captain Ryan Pedigo.
An officer from the Bloomington Police Department was in the 2400 block of S. Henderson around 12:47 p.m. Wednesday when he observed a gray Ford Taurus bearing a license plate indicating its owner might be wanted on an arrest warrant.
The driver of the vehicle parked and exited while pulling up a hooded sweatshirt on a sunny day. The man was also wearing long pants and a heavy jacket. The officer noted it was 62-degrees outside. The officer believed the man was trying to conceal his identity.
When the officer attempted to speak to the driver, the 44-year-old Morgantown, Indiana man seemed nervous and began to look around, according to Pedigo. So, the officer asked the man to turn around to be placed into handcuffs, but instead, the man pulled away and attempted to run from the officer.
The officer grabbed the escaping man by his heavy jacket, and both he and the suspect went to the ground. Meanwhile, the man struck the police officer in the back. The officer began to yell for assistance.
Then a 61-year-old man answered the officer’s call, appearing from a nearby apartment to help subdue the suspect. And a 39-year-old woman also answered the officer’s call for help. She grabbed the suspect’s feet. Then both citizens helped the officer hold the man down until other officers could arrive.
The man is being charged with two level 6 felonies: battery against a public safety official, and resisting law enforcement.
He was also arrested on his outstanding warrant.
Pedigo said the following about the citizens who helped on Wednesday:
“I sincerely appreciate the actions of the two Bloomington community members that came to the assistance of the officer that was attempting to detain a man who was actively resisting arrest. Situations like that can be very dangerous for officers and for these individuals to put their own safety at risk in order to help the officer is commendable.”