Rescuers: Helping robbery victim 'a reward in itself'
Two jobless veterans jumped in to stop attack, chased after suspect
Jan 2, 2013
Jennifer Edwards Baker
DOWNTOWN — David Hale was walking to the main branch of the public library downtown about noon Monday when he saw a man approach Gary Wagner at an ATM at the corner of Central Parkway and Vine Street.
“He put his arm around his neck and took him to the ground,” Hale said. “He started punching him. That’s when I ran over and got in between them, trying to separate them.”
Chad McClain heard Wagner scream for help and joined Hale’s efforts.
Together, the two men – one homeless and one who was recently homeless, and both military veterans who didn’t know each other before the incident – wrestled Wagner free. Hale stayed with Wagner while McClain, 38, ran after the suspect and stood in front of his car to keep him from leaving.
“I told him, ‘You’re not going to get away with this,’” McClain said. “The police were there within seconds.”
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