Napa County, CA - When Joel Jones saw a man punch a female officer in the face three times and start stomping on her, he knew just what to do. The pastor, ex-linebacker, and retired cop didn't hesitate to take the suspect down.
The incident started around 8:30 AM on I-80 near American Canyon on Saturday. Joel Jones and his wife, AnnaLisa, saw a white Ford F250 going 80 MPH down the interstate and tailgating other drivers, according to Evan Sernoffsky with SFGate.
“One lady tried to get out of the way, but he rammed the rear of her car,” Jones said Monday. “She bounced off the rail and careened into traffic. Miraculously no one was hurt, but to my surprise, the truck just kept going.”
Jones decided to follow the car while his wife called 911. As they were following the vehicle, the truck hit another driver. Ramming the other vehicles took a toll on the truck, and it began to smoke and slow down.
The pastor drove next to the truck and saw the driver, "calmly smoking a cigarette like he was on a Sunday stroll.”
A California Highway Patrol Officer pulled the vehicle over, and Jones, a retired San Francisco Sheriff's Deputy, decided to pull over behind them in case she needed backup.
After the driver was stopped, he got out of his car and rushed the officer.
“He punched her in the face three times and then started stomping her,” Jones said. “At that point she was on her back. You could hear her screaming and her muffled cries.”
Jones said that the man was ranting incoherently and reaching toward the officer's waist. Taking action, Jones said a prayer and body-slammed the attacker. Several other citizens stopped to assist, and they were able to take the suspect into custody.
“She could have been toast,” Joel Jones said. “And she could have shot him, but the Lord mixed it up and said, ‘No one is dying today.’”
The CHP officer sustained moderate injuries and has now been released from the hospital.
The suspect was identified as 49-year-old Gary Coslovich, who had slammed his vehicle into a Santa Clara County building last month because he disagreed with the White House policies on sanctuary cities. After he was released from that incident, he was arrested for DUI and he threatened to kill, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He was released again after a mental evaluation.
Speaking back about the incident AnnaLisa said, “We were just doing our job. God put the right person in the right place to do the right job.”