Six men recognized by police for apprehending robbery suspect - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Six men recognized by police for apprehending robbery suspect

Officer John Russell, David Pierce, Jr., John O'Donnell, Brendan Jones, Chief Don Dixon, Joshua Francis, Joshua Broussard, Officer Michael Flurry Officer John Russell, David Pierce, Jr., John O'Donnell, Brendan Jones, Chief Don Dixon, Joshua Francis, Joshua Broussard, Officer Michael Flurry
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Six men are being hailed heroes after they chased and apprehended a robbery suspect. Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon recognized David Pierce Jr., John O'Donnell, Joshua Broussard, Brendan Jones, Joshua Francis and Lucas Trahan on Tuesday. 

"I want to tell you this was a dangerous guy and the actions of these young men are to be commended," Dixon said.

It happened Oct. 24 at the Market Basket on Nelson Road. Employees describe it as just another night on the job right before closing.

"We were in the back getting ready to close and our cashier screamed. We didn't know what was going on. We didn't know how to react. We just started running to the front of the store and we saw the guy running out and we just started chasing him," said Brendan Jones, Market Basket employee.

The employees chased the suspect from the Market Basket all the way down to the 1900 block of McNeese Street, but they had some help along the way. Pizza Hut employee David Pierce Jr. jumped in as did John O'Donnell who was leaving the Barbe High School track after a run.

"At first, I thought they were joggers or something and then I thought these guys are moving pretty fast and they have pants on. So, I pulled a u-turn and rolled my window down and asked are y'all chasing that guy? And they were like yeah - all out of breath. So, I sped up and tried to cut him off with my car," said O'Donnell.

Little did O'Donnell know but he would get some extra sprints in before it was all over.

"In the movies, they cut people off with their car and they just stop. Oh, you caught me, but he just ran around my car and went into someone's back yard. So, I got out of my car and chased him down and like every episode of Cops that I had ever seen came flooding back to me. I pulled my keys out to make it look like I had a weapon. I had a flashlight with me and I was like 'Get down or I will taze you!' I had like the best cop voice I could come up with and he got down and we held him until the cops got there," O'Donnell said.

Arrested was Joseph Riggs, 47, who according to Dixon has a lengthy criminal history that just got longer. Meanwhile, Dixon gave each one of the men a commendation coin he only hands out to officers who go above and beyond the call of duty.

"They gave caution to the wind and they did what they thought was the right thing. It was the right thing and I'm proud of each and every one of them," Dixon said.

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