Caught On Cam Samaritan Aids Cop

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 4:23pm

Woman jumps in to help police officer attacked during traffic stop.

A police cruiser cam caught a Dayton, Ohio officer under attack getting help from an unlikely partner.

Investigators say Dayton Police Officer Jonathan Seiter stopped a car because of a missing headlight, but the driver was uncooperative and Seiter asked him to step out.

The driver, 64-year-old Otto Coleman, shoved Seiter and a full fight ensued.

Several times during the nearly five minute long encounter, the camera catches Coleman reaching for Officer Seiter's gun and taser.

Back-up was on the way, but as it turned out, a Good Samaritan was the first on scene.

The woman, who police have not identified, ran up and started hitting the suspect, allowing Seiter to regain control and take Coleman to the ground.

"This young lady did come to his aid," said Sgt. Larry Tolpin. "I think it was very commendable, though, don't get me wrong, I'm not endorsing the citizens participating, but under this particular circumstance it was very commendable of her."

Coleman is charged with attempted aggravated robbery, resisting arrest, and assault on a police officer.

Investigators said this was not Coleman's first violent run-in with police.

He has a rap sheet that includes felonious assault with intent to murder, felonious assault with intent to maim, three counts of felonious assault, two of which were against a police officer.

Coleman is being held in the Montgomery County Jail.

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