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Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized Sergeant Charles Poole and Officer James Demsich for their roles in putting a man in jail for stealing a car.

December 7, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized Sergeant Charles Poole and Officer James Demsich for their roles in putting a man in jail for stealing a car. They are also being recognized for apprehending this same man when he tried to escape from the Prisoner Transport Center.

While Officer Demsich was at the Prisoner Transport Center, booking the suspect for stealing a car, the man asked if he could be taken to the restroom. Officer Demsich obliged the man’s request and removed his handcuffs. The minute Officer Demsich took the suspects handcuffs off, the man attacked Officer Demsich, and immediately ran toward the east exit to escape.

Sergeant Poole noticed the commotion and alerted all officers in the area to lockdown the building and block the exit so the suspect couldn’t escape. Sergeant Poole started chasing after the subject, catching him before he could step foot outside the facility.

This man was no stranger to law enforcement, as he had already served time for murder. After arresting him Officer Demsich knew how important it was to keep this man off the streets of the City of Albuquerque. Officer Demsich vigilantly attended the sentencing hearing and provided a testimony that put the man in jail for 13 years.

Sergeant Poole’s quick actions put a halt to a potential escape and provided safety to the other prisoners and officers in the area. Officer Demsich provided invaluable help in initially arresting this man for his crimes and making sure that this man would not be able to cause damage to property in the City of Albuquerque or harm any citizens.


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