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Video footage shows suspect’s unsuccessful escape on stolen bike

A suspect on a stolen bike was apprehended by a dramatic flying tackle while attempting to escape from police in the Californian city of Sacramento.

The 19-year old had fled from police at a nearby railway station and was being pursued by local news teams and police officers, who had set up a perimeter around the area.

A CBS cameraman caught sight of the suspect climbing over a nearby fence and recorded the dramatic arrest, which you can watch below.

In the footage the wanted man is seen to clear fence and immediately take a red Trek bike that which was propped up against an adjoining wall.

Ducking his head away from the camera to avoid identification, the suspect pedalled down the street toward the news team.

As the bike thief neared the cameraman, a police officer launched in to tackle the suspect to the floor. The bike thief was then successfully detained thanks to a nearby onlooker and several other officers who were quick to react.

The chase had involved several police cars, and a police helicopter which stirred the area’s population.

Police reported that the suspect had taken refuge in local resident Todd Fisher’s garage and tried make off on the homeowner’s wife’s bike.

“I can’t wait to show her the video,” Fisher said. “She’s out of town right now. I’m trying to get a hold of her and show it to her.”

According to CBS Sacramento, the now-detained man’s name is Michael Kennedy. Before his attempted escape, police had tried to detain him for outstanding arrest warrants involving the taking of a vehicle, issued in December.

Once detained police charged Kennedy for fleeing from police, burglary and felony assault on a police officer.

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downfader [213 posts] 4 years ago
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With so many cops about I wonder why the need to rugby tackle him. I'm sure we all remember being dragged off our bikes by the scruff when we were young.

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userfriendly [621 posts] 4 years ago
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Oh dear. Is the bike okay?

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Guyz2010 [304 posts] 4 years ago
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I don't get it downfader..

Bloody ace tackle. although it would have been funnier to stick his baton through the spokes and watch him fly. I love the way cops in the States take no shit unlike our nice to criminal Police in the UK.
You can imagine "hey you thief! stop, please stop, get off the bike,,,,hey come back you petty criminal I told you to stop, STOP"

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downfader [213 posts] 4 years ago
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Guyz2010 wrote:

I don't get it downfader..

Bloody ace tackle. although it would have been funnier to stick his baton through the spokes and watch him fly. I love the way cops in the States take no shit unlike our nice to criminal Police in the UK.
You can imagine "hey you thief! stop, please stop, get off the bike,,,,hey come back you petty criminal I told you to stop, STOP"

The point I was making was that its a waste of energy at worst, and an over-the-top display of power at best.

Potential to damage the bike too, which is someone else's property.

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Veloacciaio [18 posts] 4 years ago
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It felt bit like that riding in the wind yesterday!  41

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gnkramer3 [2 posts] 4 years ago
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Should have stolen a Venge...

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wheelsucker [58 posts] 4 years ago
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lucky he didn't get killed in a hail of bullets or splattered across the front of a patrol car or 10

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American tifosi [38 posts] 4 years ago
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'Merica, nuff said!  41

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solkanofastera [24 posts] 4 years ago
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No charge for stealing the bike?

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solkanofastera [24 posts] 4 years ago
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No charge for stealing the bike?

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bikecellar [268 posts] 4 years ago
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Where I live you don't see four policemen in a month!

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faz. [23 posts] 4 years ago
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Is this classed as news?

I don't see a video of me at my desk saving an Excel spreadsheet.

Just another man doing his job... 4 minute news article seems somewhat overrated.

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fukawitribe [2134 posts] 4 years ago
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downfader wrote:

The point I was making was that its a waste of energy at worst, and an over-the-top display of power at best.

Potential to damage the bike too, which is someone else's property.

Please tell me you're joking...

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carlosjenno [44 posts] 4 years ago
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I love it when they moan about getting wrapped up. I love it more when they squeal.

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Shep73 [211 posts] 4 years ago
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The story would've have read better if it said "fleeing bike thief shot and crippled" no sympathy for scum who steal from others, especially their bikes.

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gb901 [157 posts] 4 years ago
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"Assaulting a police officer"? Unless something happened after the OTT attack by the officer, it would appear to be the contrary?

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The Hoggs [3496 posts] 4 years ago
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Great effort by the cop  41 41 41