Video shows 'Good Samaritan' helping NYPD take down armed suspect
March 18, 2023 at 16:33
A civilian helped stop an armed suspect Thursday, who was fleeing from police officers in New York City.
The suspect was arrested after a civilian, who saw him fleeing police officers with a revolver in his hand, stepped in his way and pushed him into a nearby fence.
The civilian then held onto the suspect until NYPD officers were able to place him under arrest, video shows.
"Thanks to our law enforcement partners and the heroic efforts of a Good Samaritan, the defendant was apprehended before he could hurt anyone, and his weapons are now off the streets."
The complaint states that Fleming stood in the doorway of the bodega and flashed a handgun as a girl attempted to leave.
Surveillance video then shows Fleming outside the bodega and pulling back his coat to reveal a rifle that had been swung over his shoulder.
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I’M BACK'NYPD officers approached Fleming after a witness called 911, and the suspect fled down the sidewalk.
"While running, FLEMING brandished a semiautomatic carbine rifle in broad daylight while frightened civilians began running away from him," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a press release.
"FLEMING then threw the rifle over a fence near where customers were dining at a restaurant’s outdoor dining shed," authorities said.
Police recovered a loaded semiautomatic Hi-Point carbine rifle from where the suspect tossed the firearm.
Authorities said that Fleming was not permitted to possess firearms because he has two prior felony convictions for unlawful firearms possession.