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Servicemen Help Stabbed California Sergeant Arrest Attacker

October 07, 2010  | 


Long Beach PD's Chief Jim McDonnell presents Army Private First Class Abner Marquez, 20, with a Chief's Citation for coming to the aid of a sergeant under attack. Photo courtesy of LBPD.

Four active-duty servicemen came to the aid of a Long Beach (Calif.) PD sergeant, who had been attacked by a man with an edged weapon, the agency announced.

The three Marines and U.S. Army Private First Class Abner Marquez, 20, were about to be deployed to Afghanistan helped the sergeant get 19-year-old Junior Antonio Fonseca into custody. Police had responded to a call of a man "brandishing a sharp instrument and threatening citizens."

Police set up a perimeter and searched for the man, but could not find him. The man attacked the sergeant — who fired one round — as police were leaving the area.

During the altercation, the sergeant was stabbed several times in the head and ear area. He was treated at a local hospital and is expected to fully recover.

Later in the day, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell presented Marquez with a Chief's Citation for his heroic deed. The three Marines could not attend the ceremony, because they were required to report to Camp Pendleton for deployment Saturday.

Tags: Edged Weapons, Assaults on Officers, Long Beach (Calif.) PD, Officer Involved Shootings, Civilians Helping Officers


Comments (3)

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Archie @ 10/8/2010 12:07 PM

Another reason to ask God's blessing on all those who guard our nation. Cops, firefighters, prosecuting attorneys and soldiers of all flavors.

Being at the appointed place of duty takes many forms.

PFC Abner Marquez @ 9/6/2011 1:56 PM

If anyone has the issue of police mag that I came in please comment on this post and hopefully we can arrange some way of me obtaining the magazine if willing to give it to me. I can prove I am PFC Abner Marquez so that there may be no discrepancies on my ID. thank you and hope to hear form anyone soon.

Joey @ 7/4/2014 9:41 AM

A sharp instrument was a butter Knife... he was obviously not all there in the head. Dont get me wrong i think what the kid did was wrong but he needs help... he's not a criminal he's diagnosed with paranoiac schizophrenia and with this description of the incident it's no wonder he might do life in prison... geez.

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