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03-14-12, 10:58 AM #1
Random attacker severely beats Plainfield cop, chased away by Good SamaritanPLAINFIELD —Police Officer Israel Valentin has been patrolling the streets of Plainfield for three decades — longer than any other rank-and-file officer on the force. He’s badge No. 1, and he’s seen his share of violence in the Queen City.
But nothing, authorities say, could have prepared him for what happened Sunday afternoon, when he met Andre Henderson, a 5-foot-10 inch, 250-pound convict wanted in two Union County towns.
What followed was a scene of horror and heroism, police and a witness said today. Henderson was screaming "I’m going to punch you in the mouth!" as walked toward the officer, according to one passing witness. He did just that, police said.
"Are you looking for me?" a clearly upset Henderson asked the officer as he stood next to his patrol car on the 200-block Watchung Avenue, according to police.
"No, I don’t know who you are," the 60-year-old officer replied.
That’s when Henderson let loose, punching Valentin in the head, knocking him to the ground and kicking him repeatedly, said Capt. Ed Santiago, a Plainfield police commander. It was a sight, he said, that left onlookers stunned and too terrified to intervene.
One woman tried to help, parking her car to shield Valentin from vehicles that couldn’t see him in the road, where the beating continued, police said.
Then came one man who’s been hailed as a good Samaritan and a hero by those in law enforcement. The North Plainfield resident, driving by with his wife, three children and a dog in the car, saw Henderson stomping on the police officer, authorities said.
"The good Samaritan’s wife said: ‘Stop, stop, you have to help the officer,’" Santiago said.
And the man, who hasn’t been identified publicly, did just that. He grabbed a baseball bat out of his trunk and approached the attacker, hitting him in the back four or five times, said Carlos Cancel, a 48-year-old Piscataway man who also witnessed the 4:30 p.m attack and who’s also being praised for his intervention.Valentin was left with broken ribs and serious wounds to his head and body. He’s been at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick since the incident, and he was listed in good condition last night.
03-14-12, 11:31 AM #2
Wow. You've got to stay on your toes. I hope the officer is ok.
Early one Sunday morning we had an officer stop by a convenience store for coffee. A guy approached him in the parking lot and asked for a ride into another town. When the officer said no, the guy cold-cocked him. The officer was able to call for help during the fight. It just happened that the SWAT team was about 100 yards away behind a building getting ready for a search warrant. Needless to say the BG was taken down and there were only minor injuries to the officer.*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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03-14-12, 12:28 PM #3
It is nice to know there still are good people in this world to counteract the bad. I wish this asshat would have came after me like that instead of a 60 year old. A true coward and predator.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
03-14-12, 03:58 PM #4
Great job by the "Good Samaritan"! Sounds like he did a good job with the tools he had available; shame he didn't have firearm.Blessed are the the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. MATT 5:10
03-15-12, 08:08 AM #5
I hope the officer has a quick recovery.http://www.odmp.org/officer/16551-de...l-eron-shannon
Police Officers put themselves at risk for strangers every day. Some do not make it home to their families. Next time you think of saying something negative about the police, remember...YOU are one of the strangers.
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