A citizen take-down Tuesday afternoon in northwest Harris County, TX, helped deputy constables nab a man driving a stolen truck, ABC13 reported. The former track athlete from Westfield High School who apprehended the fleeing man said he also worked as a trained security guard for two years. The combined experience kicked in as he witnessed the end of the law enforcement pursuit.
"I just ran behind him and tackled him down," said the good Samaritan named Devin. "I saw the suspect running all the way down and he was already 50 yards from the officer. So, I turned around, sped up, blocked him in and I got out of the car and started running.”
Authorities said it all began when a toll road unit spotted the stolen truck on Beltway 8 and tried to pull him over. They said the driver refused to stop and the pursuit began as the suspect drove up and down the Beltway near Fairbanks and in and out of neighborhoods before finally stopping behind an industrial complex. Devin used his car to try to block the suspect, then got out and began sprinting after him, losing both of his shoes in the process as he went after the suspect, who was also barefoot.
ABC13 SkyEye caught the suspect on camera as he got out of the car and began to run away, but moments later Devin says his instincts kicked in.
The chase ended when Devin gave the suspect, who appeared to be losing steam, a big bear hug and held him until authorities caught up.