DENVER - A police officer struggling to hold down and handcuff an armed suspect got some unexpected help.
Sunday, Officer Westley Kvasnicka was checking on a house near North Federal and 3rd Avenue. There were reports that a man was dragging a woman inside.
When Kvasnicka arrived, he says he was confronted by 40-year-old Ramon Resendiz, who took off running. The officer chased the suspect down Federal and eventually ended up tackling him in the middle of one of Denver's busiest streets.
"I was able to catch him kind of in the middle of a turn lane on Federal, and then as we were wrestling we turned into northbound traffic and then a crowd started gathering," Kvasnicka said.
Shortly after, Kvasnicka says a good Samaritan asked him if he needed help. When Kvasnicka said yes, the citizen helped tackle Resendiz.
According to a police report, Resendiz pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and had his finger on the trigger. Police say the good Samaritan saw the weapon and helped to disarm Resendiz before he was taken into custody.
"I think it's great that the citizen saw something going on and he was willing to risk his safety," Officer Kvasnicka said. "It's not every day that citizens are willing to step up and assist the police. So, it's good to see. I had an opportunity to shake his hand and I said thank you, I appreciate what you did."
The arrest report says the gun Resendiz pulled out was stolen in 1989. The Denver District Attorney's Office says he has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, attempted assault on a peace officer, and a sentence enhancing count of "special offender-weapon." Bond has been set at $50,000.00.
Police say they are thankful to the Samaritan for what he did, but they don't encourage citizens to get involved in police work.
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