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Good Samaritans help police officer fight off attacker

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EL CAJON (CNS) - Two passers-by helped a police officer subdue a suspect who turned violent when the lawman tried to take him into custody in an East County parking lot early Wednesday, authorities reported.

El Cajon police Officer Ben Hogan was responding to a report about an intoxicated man causing a disturbance in the 200 block of Jamacha Road about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday when he saw transient Richard Brooks Nevett Jr., 45, in the area and tried to contact him, Lt. Randy Soulard said.

Seeing Hogan approaching, Nevett fled, and the officer gave chase. Moments later, Nevett allegedly turned around, confronted Hogan and began advancing on him "in an aggressive manner," clutching a metal pipe and what appeared to be a knife, according to Soulard.

The officer backed away and ordered the 6-foot, 170-pound suspect to drop the weapons. After Hogan repeated the command several times, the suspect complied, but then ran off into the street.

Hogan again gave chase, and Nevett turned to face him once more, taking up a "fighting stance," the lieutenant said. The officer responded by zapping Nevett with an electric stun gun, which failed to subdue him.

At that point the foot pursuit resumed, continuing into a parking lot in the 1200 block of East Main Street, where Nevett tripped and fell. The officer then grabbed the suspect, who began to kick and punch him, according to Soulard.

Seeing the officer struggling with Nevett, two men who happened to be in the area joined in the fray, helping gain control of the suspect's hands.

Moments later, several other officers arrived and assisted in taking Nevett into custody.

Nevett was then identified as a suspect in a robbery that had occurred several hours earlier at a nearby grocery store, Soulard said.

About 9:30 p.m., a man matching Nevett's description stole merchandise from the Fresh & Easy market in the 300 block of North Second Street in El Cajon, according to police. When confronted by store employees and a security guard, the thief brandished and swung several metal pipes at them before running off. Officers searched the neighborhood but could not immediately find the robber.

Hogan suffered minor wounds during the struggle with the suspect, Soulard said. The two men who came to his aid were uninjured. Their names were not released.

Nevett was treated at a hospital for superficial injuries before being booked into county jail on suspicion of robbery, burglary and resisting arrest.

Police were grateful to the citizens who put themselves at risk by helping out the endangered patrolman, Soulard said.

"Their quick response and willingness to get involved helped take this violent suspect into custody and assisted the officer, who did not have the upper hand during the struggle," the lieutenant added.

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