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Video: Vacationing Texas Police Chief Helps NYPD Arrest Suspect

May 02, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Vacationing Texas Police Chief Helps NYPD Arrest Suspect

A Texas police chief vacationing in New York City intervened in a fight between an alleged thief and a store security officer on the street, and helped arrest the suspect, the NYPD said.

Sean Ford, chief of the Sunset Valley Police Department in the Austin area of Texas, says he was strolling along Fifth Avenue and headed to Central Park when he encountered a scuffle near 58th Street, in front of the Plaza Hotel.

Police said a store employee followed the suspect out of the Abercrombie & Fitch store after he allegedly swiped a fragrance bottle and chased him down Fifth Avenue.

The suspect was swinging at the employee and no one appeared to be helping, even as the struggle became more violent, Ford said.

"Everybody was standing around taking pictures," he said.

Ford's instincts kicked in and he helped break up the fight, holding down the suspect until police arrived, he said.

"I got the guy, told him I was a police officer and took him to the wall, held him there until NYPD could get there," Ford said.

The NYPD tweeted a message of thanks to Ford, who now says he feels a little bit more like a New Yorker, reports NBC New York.

Comments (3)

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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 5/2/2016 2:24 PM

It was good of him to help. It's disgusting that people will just watch as some thug tries to beat up a security guard. That thug could kill him and nobody would lift a finger. Most people aren't even going to call 911 because they're too busy filming!!!

Ordinary Joe @ 5/3/2016 6:18 AM

So, was the chief armed? Probably not because NY cannot trust him the carry in their state for fear of guns. I am glad this turned out well. Remember, when off duty and out of your jurisdiction, you do not have to intervene. You can chose to be a witness because you do not have any authority. There are jurisdictions that will nail your hide to the wall if anything goes wrong. NYC is one of those jurisdictions.

kevcopAz @ 5/5/2016 5:27 PM

Hate tho say it but "Joe" is correct. but remember you can carry nationwide under federal law, screw NY Law. One point is fairly obvious but should be mentioned. Funny all the NY folks there and only the tourist brothers to help. No surprising, sadly. NYC is full of people who hate the police and who just do not care unless it involves them directly and then they wonder why crime is high.

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