Good Samaritans

Citizens Jump in to Help SF Officer Under Assault

Photo: via ktvu.com

Photo: via ktvu.com

Good Samaritans came to the aid of a struggling San Francisco police officer this past Sunday after they observed him in a fight with an individual suspected of being high on drugs. 

The incident occurred in the city's Richmond District after an officer confronted a man alleged to be under the influence and exposing himself in public.

Shortly thereafter, a fight broke out between the officer and suspect. Several bystanders saw the struggle and jumped in to assist the officer after the officer yelled out for help.

Another bystander recorded the incident on his cell phone. 

Additional officers soon arrived on scene and helped take the man into custody. The officer in the fight suffered cuts and bruises.

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Hero Citizen Jumps Into Fight to Help Baton Rouge Officer Under Assault

Vickie Williams-Tillman;  Photo: Joe Simoneaux

Vickie Williams-Tillman; Photo: Joe Simoneaux

A heroic Good Samaritan came to the aid of a Baton Rouge, LA police officer after she saw him being assaulted by a suspect. 

The incident occurred on Sunday as Vickie Williams-Tillman, 56, was driving to a local store. From her vehicle she saw a Baton Rouge police officer in a fight with a suspect.

Mrs. Williams-Tillman asked the officer if he needed help but when she saw his eyes she knew she had to act.

She immediately jumped in to help the officer, jumping on the assailant's back until more police arrived.

Other officers soon arrived on scene and helped take the suspect, identified as Thomas Bennett, 28, into custody.

All three of the involved parties were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Mrs. Williams-Tillman suffered an injury to her wrist during the fracas. 

The injured officer suffered wounds to his head due to the suspect disarming the officer and striking him with a baton.

The suspect is alleged to have also attempted to take the officer's gun.

Mrs. Williams-Tillman said of the incident, "You don't have time to think about it. I did what God needed me to do."

She added, "A lot of people passed him up. They're human beings, just like us. We're all one family."

Read more details of the incident HERE.

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Good Samaritan Helps Police Nab Suspect Accused of Raping 3-Year Old Child

Charles Sadler;  Photo: Columbus Division of Police

Charles Sadler; Photo: Columbus Division of Police

A Good Samaritan in Columbus, OH is being credited with helping police nab a suspect who had allegedly just raped a 3-year old child. 

The citizen was driving in her car when she allegedly saw 34-year old Charles Sadler raping the 3-year old child in an abandoned garage on Friday afternoon.

She immediately called police and followed Sadler until police could arrive and take him into custody.

The child was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Sadler was allegedly baby-sitting the child at the time of the incident.

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Good Samaritans Save 4-Year Old From Kidnapping by Alleged Predator

Armando Torreblanca Nunez;  Photo: Santa Ana PD

Armando Torreblanca Nunez; Photo: Santa Ana PD

A couple of Good Samaritans are being credited with saving a young child from abduction by a potential predator.

The incident happened in Santa Ana, CA. on Thursday evening after a 4-year old disappeared from a family get together at a local park. 

The Orange County Sheriff's Office air unit helped broadcast details of the missing child and that's when two citizens noticed the missing boy in a local market.

The boy was with the suspect, who was identified as Armando Torreblanca Nunez.

One citizen, Adolfo Acosta, grabbed the boy away from the suspect while another, Miguel Luna, chased the suspect, who fled on foot.

Nunez was ultimately taken into custody and booked on charges including kidnapping for the purpose of a lewd act with a child.

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Cop, Good Samaritan, Rescue Kitten Tossed From Moving Car

Officer Richie Ridolfi and Bridgett;  Photo: via nbcphiladelphia.com

Officer Richie Ridolfi and Bridgett; Photo: via nbcphiladelphia.com

A Good Samaritan, aided by a Delaware River Port Authority Officer, helped rescue a frightened kitten tossed from a moving car along the Walt Whitman Bridge last week.

The incident unfolded when Jean Finizio, driving along the bridge, noticed the kitten walking in the middle of traffic.

She pulled her car over to try and rescue the small feline but when she did the animal jumped up into the undercarriage of her vehicle.

At the same time, Officer Richie Ridolfi was responding to a call of a kitten thrown from a moving car on the bridge when he saw Finizio pulled over.

Officer Ridolfi stopped to help Finizio and the two of them worked to get the cat out from the interior of the car.

The kitten was finally retrieved after Finizio's car was moved off of the bridge. 

Officer Ridolfi took the kitten to a local veterinarian to get checked out. He even offered to pay the vet bills in the hopes that someone would adopt the cat, now named "Bridgette."

Officer Ridolfi said of the incident, "I'm the biggest animal lover. As soon as I get a call about any animal on the bridge, I'm the first person to get there."

Bridgett is now living in the comfort of her new home.

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Suffolk County Officer, Good Samaritan, Rescue Elderly Woman From Burning Home

Officer Matthew Funaro;  Photo: Suffolk County police

Officer Matthew Funaro; Photo: Suffolk County police

A Good Samaritan teamed with a Suffolk County police officer to save an elderly woman from her burning home on Wednesday afternoon.

Officer Matthew Funaro arrived at the home to find smoke and flames billowing out of the two story residence.

When Funaro got into the home he found Helen Morris, 88, sitting in her wheelchair on the first floor. 

Although he tried to extinguish the flames he couldn’t overcome their intensity.

That’s when Funaro and another man, 55-year old Joseph Cartelli, carried Morris out of the home. 

Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said, “We were able to save a life. This was a serious fire and because of Officer Funaro and Mr. Cartelli a woman is alive today,”

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Good Samaritan With Concealed-Carry Permit Saves PA Officer Under Assault

A Good Samaritan with a concealed-carry permit came to the defense of a police officer under attack this past week near Philadelphia, likely saving the officer from significant injury.

The incident began after Upper Darby police officers were called to the area of Upper Darby High School to monitor the nearly 4,000 students as they left school. Several fights broke out among the students and officers were needed to break up the fights.

At one of the fights, an officer separated two assailants, holding one of the suspects away from the other. That’s when the other combatant decided to attack the officer and soon both ganged up on the outnumbered police.

The officer called for backup; however, a large crowd of 40-50 onlookers soon began to descend upon the officer.

That’s when a 35-year old neighbor emerged, holding a gun, and commanded the students to back away from the police officer. 

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said, “He had the gun in his hand, but he didn't point it at the kids, he just told them to back off. If this guy didn't come out and come to the aid of the officer, this officer would have had significant problems.”

The officer, along with other officers on scene, suffered significant injuries. Multiple students were arrested and charged with crimes ranging from aggravated assault on police, riot, and  harassment.

The incident marks at least the second time in only a few weeks where a citizen with a concealed-weapons permit came to the defense of a police officer under assault. 

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Concealed Gun Carrying Former Marine Comes to the Aid of Texas Deputy

Deputy Dylan Dorris and Scott Perkins;  Photo: Jillian Beck/ACN

Deputy Dylan Dorris and Scott Perkins; Photo: Jillian Beck/ACN

A Good Samaritan with a concealed weapon came to the aid of a Texas police officer earlier this month and is being credited with saving the officer’s life.

Bastrop Sheriff’s deputy Dylan Dorris, 23, responded to a call of a man driving erratically with a small child in the car near the area of Texas 304 and Watterson Road on January 16.

When he located the suspect vehicle, the man driving pulled into a nearby gas station.

When Deputy Dorris contacted the man, identified as Kenton Fryer, 32, a fight ensued. 

Fryer and Deputy Dorris fought for several minutes with Dorris unable to call for backup. Fryer also allegedly tried to take Deputy Dorris’s gun away during the fight. 

That’s when Scott Perkins, a former U.S. Marine, saw what was happening and rushed to help the struggling deputy. Perkins pulled his concealed gun and yelled at Fryer to, “Freeze!”

Fryer fled on foot after Perkins intervened but he was apprehended a short time later and taken into custody. 

Deputy Dorris credits Perkins with saving his life, saying, “I’m alive today because of him. There are no words to explain it. He’s such an outstanding citizen. He’s here for our country, our community and you really feel the love.”

Scott Perkins, hailed as a hero, demurred. "Anytime somebody is in need of help you should assist them. It doesn’t matter whether your life is in danger or not, you should always assist anybody who is in need,” Perkins said.

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Good Samaritans Help Ohio Police Nab Robbery Suspects

Police are crediting a couple of Good Samaritans with helping them catch two robbery suspects early Thursday morning in southwestern Ohio. 

Two truck drivers observed a masked individual enter the United Dairy Farmer store in Elmwood Place, Ohio.

The masked man then jumped behind the register counter and stole a large amount of cigarettes. 

The suspect ran out of the store and got into a waiting vehicle where he was driven away by a female driver. 

The two truck drivers then began following the suspects, calling 911 and giving law enforcement information on the suspects. Local police eventually stopped and arrested the duo.

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UPDATE: NOPD Arrest Suspect in Shooting of Tulane Medical Student

Photo: NOPD

Photo: NOPD

Euric Cane, 21, has been taken into custody related to the shooting of good samaritan Peter Gold, 25.

Gold, a medical student at Tulane University, was shot while trying to help a woman being robbed. NOPD had identified Cane as the suspect in the shooting and had offered a $12,500 reward for information leading to his arrest. 

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