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Citizens aid police officer during alleged incident

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Two citizens came to the aid of a Chadron Police Officer when a suspect he was attempting to arrest allegedly attacked him.

Officer Brewer Newton pulled a vehicle over Oct. 14 for a traffic violation, approaching the vehicle after it stopped in the Common Cents parking lot. According to a CPD press release, the driver Matosapa Richards exited his vehicle and began walking away. When Newton attempted to stop him, Richards allegedly punched the officer in the face. The two citizens witnessed the incident while fueling their own vehicles and helped Newton subdue Richards and get him in the patrol car, the press release says. Even inside the car, the suspect allegedly continued kicking at officers.

Richards was taken to the Chadron Community Hospital after being placed under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence, where he again allegedly assaulted officers, this time spitting in one officer’s face.

“Law enforcement is a very dangerous profession. At a moment’s notice you can on the ground fighting with someone that has nothing to lose. I want to personally thank the two citizens that came to the aid of Officer Newton on Sunday,” said Police Chief Tim Lordino in the press release.

Richards was booked into the Dawes County Jail and is being held on a 10 percent of $10,000 bond. He was arrested on suspicion of two counts of assault on a police officer, third offense driving under the influence and second offense resisting arrest, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of assault on a police officer with bodily fluids, refusal of a preliminary breath test, refusal to submit to a chemical test and obstruction.

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