GREAT FALLS — The Great Falls Police Department is asking for help identifying a man who helped apprehend a suspect on Wednesday morning.
The GFPD said in a Facebook post that Officer Adam Olson was investigating a report of a stolen vehicle near 9th Street and 5th Avenue North. The suspect, who Officer Olson saw rummaging through the vehicle, began running away once he saw Olson, and Olson began chasing after him. Near the 200 block of 11th Street North, a community member pulled next to Olson and asked what was happening. All Olson could say was "help."
The GFPD said: "The male driver didn't hesitate and pulled his vehicle in front of the suspect then jumped out. By cutting off the escape route Olson and the good samaritan were able to each grab an arm and take the suspect to the ground. Another man then approached held down one of the suspect's legs while Olson applied handcuffs. Shortly after the suspect was secured other officers arrived."
The GFPD says that both community members left the scene before Olson could get their names. Officer Olson was really happy to get the help and would like to give each of these gentlemen a handshake and thank them in person. He said without their help it is likely the suspect, or himself, would have sustained injuries during the chase.
Shortly after this article was published, the first man was identified; we are not releasing his name at this point, pending authorization from the GFPD.
The second "Good Samaritan" has not yet been identified. He is described as a man in his early 60s, and may have been wearing a blue or gray jacket. He was walking south on 11th Street North at the time of the incident.
If you are that man, or if you know who he is, you're asked to contact the GFPD by sending a private message to their Facebook page , or calling 406.455.8408.