WESTLAKE, Ohio - The heroics of a Good Samaritan is what brought Westlake police to arrest 25-year-old Mitchell Kuhn of New Mexico, a suspect who witnesses said beat a 20-year-old women inside a Westlake parking lot.
NewsChannel5 spoke with that Good Samaritan, Mike Angelino, who apparently is no stranger to being a vigilante.
"This wasn't my first time helping out police," said Angelino from Lakewood. Angelino described helping Lakewood police stop a bank robber back in 2003, and in the Wednesday 911 call, you hear his determination again when he yelled at Kuhn, "Oh, you're done now dude."
"I just did it. A girl yells help and a guy runs from her, something's wrong," said Angelino when asked why he decided to help. He described the whole pursuit as having started when he and his girlfriend just finished watching a movie at the Crocker Park Regal Cinema in Westlake.
Walking back to their vehicle, Angelino said he and his girlfriend heard screams. "We heard a girl yell help, or scream help and we thought it was kids playing around 'till we heard the second or third scream ... that's when I knew it was serious," said the Good Samaritan.
Angelino said he then began to walk towards the voice when he encountered a man, later the suspect arrested for assault. "A guy popped out from between the cars and had blood on his shirt and turned around, said, 'That girl needs help, someone's getting her'," said Angelino.
Once Angelino questioned the man about a bloody handprint on his shirt, Angelino said the man booked, leading him on a chase through the movie theater parking lot and shrubs. Angelino told NewsChannel5 one of his biggest concerns was losing sight of the suspect, since he had no idea if the man was armed.
Once Angelino tackled the suspect, Mitchell Kuhn, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, police took him into custody. Westlake officers said the victim, a 20-year-old Cleveland woman was taken to St. John Medical Center where she received stitches for cuts and bruises to her head. Kuhn was also transported to the hospital after complaining about chest pains.
Police said Kuhn had been drinking and there are indicators of illegal drug use. Kuhn and the victim did not know each other.
Kuhn was discharged from the hospital and is now in Westlake City Jail facing at least a felonious assault charge.
Angelino said he never got to meet or speak with the victim after this entire incident, but still said he would step in again if he had a second chance. The Good Samaritan also hopes people will use this as an example. As he told NewsChannel5, when things like this happen, "Don't ignore it. Don't walk by, because obviously this woman needed my help."
This incident happened at the same theater where a man is accused of bringing a bag of weapons into a showing of 'The Dark Knight Rises' on Aug. 4.
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