Janitor Helps Cop Nab Suspect

A New York janitor found himself holding a policeman's gun when the officer needed a free hand to handcuff a suspect.

The hand-off happened at the end of a wild chase through Manhattan on Friday.

Police spent an hour trying to collar a motorist who struck a taxi and a jogger, then fled on foot after hitting a van.

Police say the suspect slipped into a basement and tried to disguise himself as a janitor when the real maintenance man spotted him and went for help.

The officer who responded was trying to cuff the suspect with his gun drawn when the weapon wound up in hands of janitor Placido Contreras.

Contreras tells the New York Post he only held the gun for a moment.

An NYPD spokesman praised the officer for "adapting."

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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 23, 2009 at 08:53 PM
    wow, sounds like the officer needs to attend officer survival classes again! Either way, I am glad that the janitor was willing to help.. we do need the help of anyone willing from time to time! I remember having a farmer help me place 5 theiving punks into custody when I worked in halifax county.. good going!
  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2009 at 08:06 PM
    you r on drugs, or drunk. i don't see "nap" anywhere.
  • by HA HA Location: washington on May 23, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    Glad the janitor was there. oh, and WITN, the headline should read "janitor helps cop nab the suspect" not "nap"...of course tax payers would be better off if it was the latter

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