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Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized Sergeant Charles Poole and Officer James Demsich for their roles in apprehending a prisoner before he fled the Prisoner Transport Center.

November 30, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized Sergeant Charles Poole and Officer James Demsich for their roles in apprehending a prisoner before he fled the Prisoner Transport Center.

Officer Demsich was at the Prisoner Transport Center booking a man for stealing a car, when the man asked if he could be taken to the restroom. Officer Demsich obliged the man’s request and removed his handcuffs.

The minute that Officer Demsich took the suspects off, the man punched Officer Demsich in the face with a closed fist, 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.

Sergeant Poole’s quick actions put a halt to a potential escape and provided safety to the other prisoners and officers in the area, by swiftly catching the criminal. The male was sentenced to over 13 years of jail time for multiple charges, including Battery on a Peace Officer. The quick actions of Sergeant Poole assured that this dangerous man would no longer be able to victimize people on the streets of Albuquerque.


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