VIDEO: Good Samaritan Casually Takes Down Fleeing Suspect

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A good Samaritan out walking his dog helped police capture a suspect by tackling him to the pavement.

Mermaid Waters, AUSTRALIA – Aerial footage captured the moment when a man who was out walking his dog apprehended a suspect who was fleeing from police (video below).

The incident began at approximately 8:30 a.m. on March 5 when a Queensland police officer spotted a white Toyota Hilux parked on Lakeview Boulevard, the department said in a press release.

The SUV had previously been reported as stolen.

When the officers attempted to make contact with the driver, the suspect rammed into one patrol vehicle, then reversed and slammed into a second patrol car.

Aerial footage showed an officer pounding on the window of the stolen SUV just before the second collision.

The suspect drove over tire-deflating strips, then jumped the curb and took off driving down the sidewalk and across a large grassy area, the video showed.

The fleeing suspect eventually returned to the roadway, drove into oncoming traffic, and continued “a short distance” to Dunlop Court, where he bailed out of the vehicle and took off on foot, police said.

As he sprinted across a footbridge, a citizen out for a stroll with his dog realized that something was wrong.

The citizen, identified only as a 35-year-old plumber named “Ian,” said that he heard a loud car horn just before he saw the suspect running behind a fence on the other end of the bridge, 7News reported.

“Then I heard a helicopter,” Ian said. “I saw the guy running towards me and he was looking up at the helicopter. Straight away, I thought ‘this guy’s on the run.’”

After noting that it was a police helicopter, Ian heard someone yell out, “Stop him!” he told 7News.

“I just sort of waited until he got close, turned around and gave him the old coat hanger,” he explained.

He then tackled the suspect to the pavement, the video showed.

The suspect appeared to be no match for the flip-flop-wearing dog-walker, who swiftly overpowered him and held him down until police arrived.

“He hit the deck pretty good,” Ian told 7News. “He didn’t really put up a fight… Bit of a wrestle for a few seconds but he pretty much gave up. I just sat on him and the policeman came jogging up and put him in cuffs.”

Once the officer had the suspect in custody, the good Samaritan casually resumed his stroll, giving another responding officer a low-five on his way across the bridge.

The 40-year-old suspect was arrested on charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of utensils, offenses involving registration certificates, driving a motor vehicle without a license, and dangerous operation of a vehicle, according to police.

A 16-year-old female inside the stolen SUV was also taken into custody.

Queensland police have since located the good Samaritan and personally thanked him, he told 7News.

Ian said that he doesn’t consider himself to be a hero, and that he was “just trying to do the right thing.”

“It all happened real fast. It’s not like I had a lot of time to process it,” he noted. “I’m no hero. It was just instinctive… He could have had a gun, he could have had a knife, s--t, he could have had coronavirus. None of that went through my head when I did it.”

You can watch aerial footage of the suspect’s encounter with the good Samaritan in the video below:

Comments (18)
flybynight
flybynight

Well done GS!!!

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Hi_estCommieDenom
Hi_estCommieDenom

Ian is a hero. Nice to see people assist the police and not stand by and film them...

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

God Speed Ian! Kudos sir!!

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Thank you Ian!! You are a good man!! Nice looking dog too!!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Cheers to that bloke. Someone needs to start a gofundme to host an amazing barbie in his and the coppers' honour. I'll contribute enough to buy the first round of frothies.

Mate deserves a medal too.

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

Dog was wagging his tail the whole time. :-) Not a police dog he, but given the breed, I suspect he would have turned killer if his owner had cried out being attacked or something.

NomonK
NomonK

Thank you my Aussie Friend for supporting Law Enforcement. The WORLD needs more people just like you.

DarrellB
DarrellB

The best part was the casual low-five at end. As if it is every day!

Cartgal
Cartgal

What a good-natured dog. Thanks, Ian!

Trefflek
Trefflek

Way to go Mate! Probably brought him back to good old days of playing rugby.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good Job

Stanracer
Stanracer

Give that man a medal!🤣👍

GIJOE62
GIJOE62

Ian, you the man. You might not think your a hero but that day you were big time, great job and I love the dog.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Thank you sir you just gave me belief in man kind it's really great to no there are still heros in this cruel world we live in

ScoutLeduxStarr
ScoutLeduxStarr

Time to buy him a beer

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

He backed into a cop almost hitting him. In America, he would dead right there.

SDLucas
SDLucas

Good on ya, citizen!


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