Md. firefighter-paramedic takes down knife-wielding man
Diego De Abreu Peclat Dos Santos, who is trained in mixed martial arts, stopped a suspect from stealing an ambulance and assaulting a hospital nurse
By News Staff
TAKOMA PARK, Md. — A Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service firefighter trained in mixed martial arts stopped a suspect from trying to steal an ambulance and assaulting a hospital nurse.
Firefighter-paramedic Diego De Abreu Peclat Dos Santos was transferring a patient to emergency room staff with a colleague when he saw a man with a knife assaulting a hospital nurse, ABC 7 WJLA reported.
Early Sunday morn, July 28 @mcfrs FF Peclat (FS701) while at ER intervened & assisted w/ ‘takedown’ of suspect threatening others at local hospital - Takoma Park PD @takomaparkPD Arrested & charged a DC man w/ Assault; Attempt Carjacking; Other Offenses: https://t.co/A7R5W7gaHx pic.twitter.com/cpQIdH1rwm— Pete Piringer (@mcfrsPIO) July 30, 2019
While filling out paperwork, De Abreu Peclat Dos Santos saw Christopher Broadus, 27, assault a hospital nurse and try to steal an ambulance with a knife.
De Abreu Peclat Dos Santos approached the suspect and, with the help of hospital security guards, wrestled Broadus to the ground.
The MCFRS firefighter-medic incurred minor injuries in the altercation.
"Here you had an assault, an attempted carjacking," Pete Piringer, spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service, said. "I like sandwiches, but I don't like knuckle sandwiches, and it looks like that's probably what this guy got."
Police charged Broadus with first-degree assault, attempted carjacking and disorderly conduct.