An officer in southern California was assaulted during a routine arrest Wednesday afternoon, but thanks to the actions of a quick-thinking bystander, the suspect didn't get far, officials said.
The San Diego Police Department said the female officer was attempting to make an arrest for trespassing on railroad tracks when he punched her in the head and attempted to flee the scene.
A bystander saw the incident unfold and immediately ran after the suspect, eventually tackling him to the ground. He remained on top of the individual until other officers arrived and took the man into custody.
"For somebody to assault a lady, any female, I don't care if it was a cop or somebody homeless — anybody assault a lady is just, it's not the thing to do," the bystander, who remained anonymous, told KFMB-TV. "For all those guys that are walking by and didn't stop, that could have been your mother or your sister, so just take that into consideration next time."
The injured officer was wearing a helmet at the time of incident and was not severely injured, KFMB reported.
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