Good Samaritan helps Indiana State Police trooper apprehend fleeing suspect

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Mug shot of Chijioke Joshua Uzoanya

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A fleeing suspect is in custody thanks to a bystander who helped an Indiana State Trooper on Wednesday morning.

The incident began when Master Trooper Shanna Kennedy was patrolling the area around 21st Street and Shadeland Avenue. Her patrol car, equipped with license plate reading technology, indicated a passing vehicle was registered to a suspended driver. Kennedy located the vehicle and visually verified that the male subject driving the vehicle matched the description of the suspended owner.

Kennedy initiated a traffic stop and the driver of the car turned into the parking lot of a business.

Once the driver stopped, he immediately exited the vehicle and started to walk away.

Kennedy caught up to him on foot and asked for identification. The man refused several times to identify himself, so Kennedy attempted to place him in handcuffs.

The suspect  began to fight off Kennedy, and he took off running.

Sitting in his truck nearby, watching these events unfold, was Derek Crutchfield.  When the suspect fled from Kennedy, Crutchfield yelled out to her, “Do you need help?” to which Kennedy responded with “Yes.”

Crutchfield got out of his truck and chased the suspect 200 yards alongside Kennedy before they caught up to him. Crutchfield helped Kennedy physically restrain the suspect. A nearby security guard saw the scuffle and came over to assist as well.

The suspect was later identified as Chijioke Joshua Uzoanya, 48, of Indianapolis, and he was the suspended registered owner of the vehicle. He was arrested on the preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement and driving while suspended.

Police want to remind the public that while the outcome of this incident was positive and there were no injuries, police encourage citizens to use extreme caution before attempting to intervene with any kind of police investigation or incident.