Exclusive dash cam video: Store clerk helps Sandusky officer arrest suspect

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SANDUSKY – Police dash cam video shows how an officer teamed up with a store clerk to help arrest a violent suspect.

Police Chief John Orzech says quick thinking from an Erie County dispatcher helped make sure additional help arrived quickly, so no one got hurt.

“It’s not too often that I get choked up,” said Orzech. “You have to hide emotions often when dealing with the many things that we have to see, hear, and respond to. When I listened to Dispatcher Katie Maloney’s genuine concern to Sgt. Kevin Youskievic’s safety, it hit home.”

Thursday morning a case worker at a group home called 911 saying a client had assaulted her. The client fled.

Moments later the client was found across the street, and in a physical altercation with a store clerk.

When Sgt. Youskievic arrived he saw the struggle in the doorway of the store. The incident was captured on dash and body camera video, obtained by Fox 8.

“He wasn’t giving up,” said Youskievic, a cancer survivor who had just returned to work Wednesday. “The store clerk provided a great amount of help to me. He helped me get the suspect under control until additional officers arrived. “

The suspect was arrested and taken to the hospital for evaluation. Police say he will be charged once he is released from the hospital.

“I was particularly concerned because Kevin just got back to work from being off for several weeks and then this happened, “ the chief said.