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Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Citizens Help Arrest Carjacker:
An Omaha police officer tried to arrest a car-jacking suspect Sunday and the man grabbed her gun and threatened the officer. That's when four citizens stepped in to help.

"I looked over and seen this cop with her gun drawn on this guy," said Dave Norris, one of the Good Samaritans. "And he was down on his knees and he turned around and grabbed a hold of her and threw her down on the ground."

Officer Jodi Sautter spotted Patrick Brew crossing Blondo Street Sunday night. Brew (pictured, left), 19, was wanted for taking a car earlier Sunday at the Lowe's store on 75th and Dodge streets. Brew told a man he needed to use his cell phone and the Tekamah, Neb., man let Brew into his truck. Police said Brew assaulted the man, forced him from his truck and stole it.

Patrick Brew abandoned the vehicle near 76th and Pinkney streets about 25 minutes before Sautter spotted him on Blondo. Norris also spotted Brew and watched as he started punching Sautter.

"At that time, that's when I ran over and grabbed a hold of the guy and slammed him down on the ground," Norris told KETV NewsWatch 7's Kevin Tomich.

Kayla Brown watched all of this unfold and grabbed her weapon -- a can of Mace.

"I told (Sautter) 'I have some Mace,' and I was gonna hand the Mace to her and she was like, 'No, Mace him now.' I was like,'OK,'" said Brown.
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