Citizen Jumps In To Help Officer Fight, Subdue Attempted Child Kidnapper

The Hammond police honored Patrick Baum for his heroism after he helped subdue a man wanted for attempted kidnapping.

Hammond, IN – A man who rushed to help a Hammond officer who was being attacked during a traffic stop was honored by the police department for his heroic effort.

The incident occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. on June 1, after a 15-year-old female reported that a man in a car had grabbed her and tried to pull her into his vehicle, the Hammond Police Department said in a Facebook post.

The female was able to escape the man’s grasp and run away.

Several minutes later, a 10-year-old female reported that a male tried to lure her into his vehicle, as well.

Witnesses’ descriptions of the suspect and his vehicle led officers to believe that the same man had likely tried to abduct both of the young ladies.

Hammond Police Officer Daniel Sangkaratana spotted the man’s vehicle a short while later and pulled him over.

Police said that the driver, later identified as 27-year-old Illinois resident Randol Thomas Palmer Hall, was frothing at the mouth and appeared to be under the influence of drugs, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported.

Hall “immediately exited his vehicle and began to walk around with a blank stare,” the department said in the Facebook post.

He also ignored Officer Sangkaratana’s commands before he re-entered his vehicle and began to reach under the seat.

“Fearing that the suspect was reaching for a weapon, Officer Sangkaratana ran up the suspect and grabbed his arm attempting to stop the suspect from grabbing a weapon,” Hammond police said. “The suspect spun around and began to fight with the officer.”

That’s when 48-year-old Patrick Baum happened to drive up on the scene, and saw what was happening, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported.

"[The suspect] had a crazy look in his eye," Baum said. "I was like, 'Wow, I got to get out of the truck.'"

Baum said he exited his vehicle and hesitated for a moment, because he wasn’t sure if the officer needed his help or if he would be in the way, he said.

Then, Baum saw Hall reach for Officer Sangkaratana’s duty weapon.

"I was like, 'No, I gotta do something,'" Baum recalled. "It just happened so fast, it was scary."

Baum jumped into the scuffle and tackled Hall to the ground. He then helped to hold him down until other officers arrived and placed Hall under arrest.

Hall was subsequently charged with attempted criminal confinement, battery against a public safety official, disarming a law enforcement officer, resisting law enforcement, and battery.

It wasn’t until later that Baum learned why the officer had pulled Hall over.

Baum, who has several granddaughters, said he was glad to know that he had a hand in helping to get a man suspected of attempted child kidnapping put behind bars.

On June 19, the Hammond Police Department honored Baum with an award for bravery.

“The Hammond Police Department would like to thank Mr. Patrick Baum for his selfless and brave actions that afternoon,” the department said. “He risked his personal safety to assist an officer in need while he was trying to secure a dangerous individual believed to be involved in multiple child abductions.”

“Mr. Baum’s actions that day helped to avoid a potential tragedy,” the agency added.

Not only did he help Officer Sangkaratana – he also likely saved Hall’s life as well, Hammond Police Lieutenant Steve Kellogg told The Times of Northwest Indiana.

"The officer said he felt justified in using deadly force if he had to," Lt. Kellogg explained. "Just as those things were going through his head, Mr. Baum came and tackled him."

Baum said he was grateful for the award, but that he never expected to be recognized for what he did.

"I just think any male that comes upon a scene like that should just help," he told The Times of Northwest Indiana. "You see someone with a flat tire, you should just help with that. That’s just how I feel."

Comments (26)
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Buzz17
Buzz17

Mr. Baum is a real man. He realizes that men have responsibilities to help those in need, not ignore them & continue on their merry way. Thank you, Mr. Baum!

JBo
JBo

There are males...and there are men. You've just read a story on the latter.

Hippygal
Hippygal

I'm female but have a CCP and would have tried to help myself. Not saying I would shoot the man but an extra body might have been helpful regardless of gender.

BruthaV
BruthaV

I wish more folks, like Mr. Baum, were Sheepdogs. LEO's need to understand that some of us civilians have their six (6).

Luisa1948
Luisa1948

A hero.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Well done sir. Who knows what would have happened if you hadn't stepped in. We need MORE men and women to step up and much fewer who complain about the police. If people do the right thing they have nothing to be afraid of when/if stopped by the police.

Budman
Budman

Nice brother!!

TeneteLineam
TeneteLineam

Hm. Watching this anybody might think standing around shoving a camera in the cop’s face, heckling and agitating the situation might NOT be the best way to help after all. Who knew?

mamagray
mamagray

Great job Mr. Baum! As a former Hammond resident I'm so proud of you. Glad you and the Officer are OK. God bless & be safe.

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

@Hippygal once you saw that nut go for the cop's gun you'd have instant green light to test your aim on the funkball perp.

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

@TeneteLineam kinda gives you a little hope doesn't it? That the entire world didn't go to shit yet. "48-year-old Patrick Baum" - this is why I have so much respect for people this age and older. Take 20 years of so from that age, it may have well been a jackass pointing a cellphone at the situation, live streaming to idiotgramtube. Automatically filming everything with a cellphone doesn't come naturally to the generations that grew up without them, or the internet for that matter. You actually have to think on your own.

Mrs10
Mrs10

@realDonaldTrump - scary isn't it (the difference in reactions between older generations and younger)?! I actually belong to that younger generation but was lucky enough to be raised right!

Mrs10
Mrs10

Thank you sir! This police wife wishes more people thought of helping vs heckling or recording.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Now if more people would HELP instead of live stream crap like this, more lives might be saved. Just be careful about diving in, let the cop(s) KNOW verbally that you are coming in to help !

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

@Mrs10 nice to know you had parents that cared to raise their child right. We need more people like you and your husband in the world .

Hippygal
Hippygal

@realDonaldTrump yes sir I would definitely have the right to shoot and would if I had to. My aim is great! And it is amazing how younger people would probably just video it all and watch instead of actually doing something helpful!

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

@Hippygal Studies have shown that when you spend enough time behind a camera there is a disconnect from reality of a situation. Like when that couple taking selfies fell of a rock ledge to their death 100 feet below.

Lt Retired OCPD
Lt Retired OCPD

Thank you so much sir. You saved a life. We need more of our citizens to help like this man. Good job

Katarina
Katarina

I agree with the praise for Mr. Baum and his action rather than stopping to film, but -- who took the picture at the top of the story?

gfc1963
gfc1963

Well done that man!

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Well done Sir !

SpankyMJ
SpankyMJ

Thank you Mr. Baum for your assistance in getting a predator off the streets. I don't live anywhere close, but I do have grandchildren and I thank you and all police officers from my heart for your bravery. Most people would not have done what you did....they would have kept going with "not my problem" in their minds. We need to start making it OUR problems!! Take our towns and cities BACK from the predators and gangs and the ones that think that they can rule it. Back the officers and you will see change.

PatrolandNarc
PatrolandNarc

The first photo is from the police dashcam.

TBL
TBL

As a retired LEO, the primary reason I go thru annual qualification and carry is because I didn’t retire from having the 6 of my brothers and sisters in blue if ever needed in my travels. Good to see this citizen do the right thing.