Two Civilians Help Officer Restrain Suspect (Video)

| by Jonathan Constante
Detective Hoffman attempting to restrain suspect.Detective Hoffman attempting to restrain suspect.

Two Texas men helped a police officer take down a thief (video below).

When Andre Harvey saw a police officer pin a man down to the hood of his car, he quickly took out his phone and started recording the incident, KTVT reported.

“That was my impulse. I hate to say it but that was my impulse -- this cop is going to something stupid," Harvey told KTVT.

But when the officer asked for help and conducted himself as Harvey thought a policeman should, he didn't hesitate to step in and help apprehend the subject. “I commend him. He handled himself like a real professional,” Harvey said.

The officer was identified as Detective Jon Hoffman. He was sitting at a red light when he noticed a man run out of a 7-Eleven with a donation jar full of cash.

Dressed in civilian clothes, but wearing his badge and gun, Hoffman caught the suspect and pinned him to the hood of his car. A struggle ensued, and a crowd gathered at the scene.

"The detective has a martial arts background and he later said he thought the suspect must have a martial arts background too because he was able to break away so easily," Plano Police Department Public Information Officer David Tilley told CNN. "The suspect was also slick with sweat and John just wasn't able to restrain him."

Hoffman yelled out for help. That’s when Harvey and other civilian, Kirby Sample, sprang into action.

"When he asked for help, I'm thinking to myself, 'Well there's not gonna be a shooting if I get over there in time,’” Harvey told the news station.

"Harvey was able to grab the suspects arms, while Kirby grabbed his legs, and they were able to get the suspect to the ground to help Detective Hoffman put the handcuffs on," Tilley explained.

"Neither one of them hesitated, they just did what responsible people would do," Hoffman recalled.

The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Majd D. Qewar. He was charged with resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance. The charity jar he had attempted to steal had less than $50 inside and collects donations for  a muscular dystrophy cause.

Hoffman was grateful for Harvey and Sample’s help. He took them both to local steakhouse Texas Land & Cattle, where they enjoyed ribs and dessert.

"We are proud of these two good Samaritans and their willingness to place themselves in harm's way for the safety of others," the department said in a statement.

Sources: KTVT, CNN / Photo credit: KTVT/YouTube, CNN

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