Weslaco, TX - Good Samaritan, Joey Marines, was in the right place at the right time when a Weslaco Police Officer was involved in a violent confrontation with a suspect. Video shows that while the young man wanted to help, he appeared unsure about getting involved (video below.)
The incident occurred on Monday afternoon near City Hall. Weslaco residents Glenda Ramos and Joey Marines were on their way to a family outing when they saw a Weslaco police officer struggling with a suspect, according to Valley Central.
Video was recorded of the incident, and Ramos can be heard at the beginning telling Marines "Babe, help him." Marines, her boyfriend, said "Should I get down and help him?"
Ramos said that as they got closer she could see the police officer struggling with the man "like they were just flinging their arms around fighting back and forth."
Marines hesitated, and said "So, I was like 'he's a cop, maybe he can handle it,' but they were struggling for a while. So I was like 'you know what? I better get down and help him."
Marines walked to where the officer could see him, careful not to rush in so that the officer would not be surprised, and waited until the officer motioned for him to help. He said "What I was thinking like, I didn't want the cop to think I'm trying to help the other guy, while I'm on his side. I want the cop to not get hurt either. Or the both sides, I don't want the guy to get hurt either."
Weslaco police said that Marines acted appropriately. Weslaco Police Officer Eric Hernandez, spokesman for the agency, said, "When a citizen approaches the situation they need to be very cautious of it. You don't know whether the subject's armed, you don't know whether he already has hold of a weapon. So when you approach a situation like that what we recommend is try to get the officer's attention and ask 'officer, do you need my assistance?' That way the officer knows that you're there to help him, not assist the other individual."
Most citizens are not used to dealing with incidents involving violence and would be stuck with hesitation and uncertainty about what to do. Most people do not so much as offer to see if an officer needs help. Even though Marines started out unsure, we're glad he was there to help, which is more than most would have done.
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You can see the video of the incident below: