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Beaumont man helps police catch suspect
BEAUMONT - by Lauren Huet
Today a Beaumont man not only alerted a nearby police officer about two shoplifters, but then helped the officer catch one of them. Police say two shoplifters stole from Sears in Parkdale Mall, then ran across Dowlen Road with the officer and citizen in pursuit.Chris Ward was out talking with friends when his day off from work took a turn he didn't expect.
Ward says he saw two young men run out of Sears with a store associate chasing them. He alerted a nearby police officer, and they both pursued the men across Dowlen Road, through the Michael's parking lot, and behind Lowe's.
Ward says he caught up with one of the suspects near an apartment behind Lowe's and tackled him to the ground.
"Why not right? [The officer] needed help. He knew the guy was going to run through Michael's all the way over to the back, so I drove round back and he was already half way across the field so I ran after him caught him and tackled him," said Ward.
"It's a big help to us whenever citizens come in and help us apprehend people that we may not otherwise catch in the act," said Officer Josh Dunahoe, who Ward helped.
The other suspect got away. Ward says he talked with the suspect he caught, who he said told him he's already been to jail five times. Ward says shoplifting isn't worth it.
"Uh, don't do it. I talked to him, asked him if he wanted to go back to jail, he said, 'of course not.' I told him hopefully things get better. I'm trying to help him not hurt him," said Ward.
When asked if he played football in the past, and had experience tackling, Ward chuckled and said yes.
Officer Dunahoe says the only stolen item they recovered was a ten dollar Justice League t-shirt. He says it's not worth the jail time.