Good Samaritans subdue brute caught beating on highway patrol officer: ‘Not very often that you see something like that’
A hulking brute gained the upper hand in a brawl with a California Highway Patrol officer Friday evening. Once trapped in a headlock, the motorcycle officer appeared short on time and air. He was not, however, short on friends.
Three Good Samaritans rushed into action, sparing the officer from possible doom and making good on the officer’s earlier warning.
Everardo Navarro, 42, glimpsed the CHP officer on the receiving end of a beating off California’s 5 freeway in Santa Ana, California.
“I just jumped,” Navarro told the Los Angeles Times. “I don’t think the officer was able to take control of that situation by himself, because the guy was very, very strong.”
While the brute, who has been identified as 34-year-old Jaime Balderas Paniagua, may have appeared strong, Navarro’s compulsion to act was stronger.
“I think about my kids at that moment,” Navarro told KCAL-TV. “And at the same time, I did think the officer may have a family as well.”
Navarro rushed across traffic to uphold the law and its highway enforcer. Two additional men swiftly joined Navarro in the effort.
KCAL indicated the officer had originally given the suspect a verbal warning for allegedly bending freeway signs and screaming at passersby. However, as the officer was preparing to ride away, Paniagua allegedly assailed him.
A video of the incident appears to show the suspect strike the officer, the officer respond, then both men grapple on the ground, with the suspect gaining the advantage on the road. At one stage, the suspect appears to get the officer into a headlock.