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Bystanders Help Cop Subdue Unruly Suspect in Good Samaritan Display

By    |   Wednesday, 02 Jul 2014 01:38 PM

A couple of bystanders didn't think twice about jumping to help a cop that was scuffling with a burglary suspect on the street in Franklin, Ohio, over the weekend.

In a struggle captured on a police cruiser dashcam, Officer Chris Keene pulls over to question Charles Cole, a 41-year-old burglary suspect. Cole resists and the two begin to scrap as Keene attempts to subdue the suspect.

The two tussle — Cole can be seen punching Keene — for about 30 seconds before a van pulls up and a man gets out. Another passerby also comes to Keene's aid and, together, the three are able to cuff Cole.

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The bystander good Samaritans were later identified as Benjamin Lawson, 33, and Levi Miniard, 19.

"It’s really nice to know that if any of my officers are in danger, our citizens will step up and help an officer," Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman told Fox affiliate WRGT-TV. "This is just one of the many reasons why I love this town."

Nova Peters, Miniard's mother who was driving the van past the scene, said her son rushed to help the cop.

"I just couldn't stop the truck quick enough for Levi to get out and help with the situation," she told WLWT.com. "[Cole] could've reached for [Keene's] gun. Anything could've transpired from it. You just don't know what kind of situation you can get into in situations like that."

Cole was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, according to local media reports. He will now face charges including assaulting a police officer, burglary, and obstructing official business.




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