Officer David Dudenhoeffer had just tackled the suspect for the second time. He'd skinned his knees on the street and broken a finger as he wrestled a 6-foot-2-inch, 200-pound man, who was wanted on the relatively minor charges of theft and failure to appear in court.
"I was getting pretty tired," said Officer Dudenhoeffer, a five-year veteran of the Baltimore County police force. "I definitely needed help."
With no backup in sight, he yelled. And, to his surprise, help came.
Three residents, who lived near the 3100 block of Elba Ave. where the officer struggled, ran over and put an end to the affair, holding the suspect while Officer Dudenhoeffer applied the cuffs.
"I was pretty happy about it," the officer said, speaking of the incident that happened about 10 a.m. Monday in Woodlawn. "I asked for help and they came over."
The three men who came to the officer's aid said they didn't want their names in the newspaper. They said their deed was no big deal.
"We don't want any glory," said one man. "We just responded."
Said another: "We just helped the officer that was in need. That's all. I want it to end there."
It won't quite end there, though.
Capt. Dennis M. Robinson, commander of the Woodlawn precinct, intends to recommend civilian commendations for the three heroes.
"I'm real proud of those folks," he said.
Lowell T. Ringgold, 24, of the 5200 block of Denmore Ave. in Pimlico, was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. He was being held yesterday in lieu of $5,000 bail.
Also yesterday, the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4 announced a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot a county officer in Hillendale over the weekend.
A bulletproof vest helped save Officer Peter Hanlon's life early Sunday. Four or five shots were fired at him as he did paperwork in his patrol car. Two shots hit him: one in the left wrist, one on the vest over the lower-left back.
Lt. Timothy Caslin, president of FOP Lodge No. 4, said yesterday that $1,500 of the reward came from the lodge, while the other $1,000 was donated by a local business owner who wants to remain anonymous.
"We really do believe that someone in the community knows who is responsible," said Lieutenant Caslin. "We would hope that this [reward] encourages them to come forward."