A Cedar Rapids resident on a late-night iced tea run for his pregnant fiancée helped end a chase between a man and Cedar Rapids police last weekend by tackling the man to the ground.
Officers were in the area of First Avenue NE and 17th Street SE around 11 p.m. Saturday night when they saw a man run across First Avenue wearing a short-sleeve shirt, pajama bottoms and tennis shoes. Concerned for his safety because it was about 20 degrees outside, they tried to stop the man, but the man kept running when they yelled at him to stop.
Martin Ennor, 27, was about a block away, on his way to a convenience store to pick up iced tea for his 8-months pregnant fiancée, when he said he saw police chasing a man and yelling “stop.” Ennor said he got out of his car, tackled the man and held him down until the police caught up.
Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said Ennor was in the right place at the right time. “The officers were chasing him and hadn’t lost sight of him or anything, but this guy (Ennor) was closer,” Hamblin said.
Hamblin said citizens don’t often assist with arrests. “We don’t encourage people to do this, because we don’t know what the outcome will be, or what the individual may have. It’s a judgment call,” Hamblin said. “It’s always appreciated, but not always advisable.”
Would you do what Ennor did? Or do you think it’s best to let police handle situations like this?