POSTED: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 12:21pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:59am
A man who attacked a police officer and nurse at a Woodbridge, Virginia hospital Thursday has been arrested.
The incident started shortly before 10 p.m. when Quentin Lamont Samuel, 37, of Capitol Heights, Maryland, stole a man's cell phone while that man was talking on it outside the emergency room, police said.
An officer responding to the scene then confronted Samuel.
That's when Samuel punched the officer, knocked him down and tried to remove the officer's gun from its holster.
A Good Samaritan who only wanted to be identified as "Joshua" witnessed the incident and knocked Samuel off the officer.
Samuel then ran back into the hospital and punched a nurse in the face.
The officer then tried to restrain Samuel, who continued to punch the officer.
Eventually, a doctor and two citizens helped the officer handcuff Samuel.
"This incident illustrates how a routine encounter can quickly become a violent and life-threatening situation," Prince William County Police Chief Charlie Deane said in a statement released Friday. "The good Samaritan in all probability saved the officer's life, and we are so grateful that he stepped in and helped our officer."
The officer was treated and released for face and head injuries.
None of the citizens who helped the officer during the arrest were hurt.
Samuel was charged with multiple offenses including malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and escape by force.
He was being held without bond.