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VIDEO: 82-year-old man tackles suspect running from police

old manLONGVIEW, Wash. — An 82-year-old former Puyallup High School football player got into a “cross-body block” to stop a suspect fleeing from police Friday afternoon in Longview, Wash.

Terry Miracle was weeding his garden when he heard a lot of commotion coming his way. That’s when he spotted a 27-year-old man running from the police.

“I was right about here and I saw it,” Miracle said. “That’s just exactly the right angle that if I run right over here I’ll be able to meet him with a cross body block and put him down,” Miracle said Sunday.

Miracle’s block was enough to stop the suspect, a convicted felon, in his tracks. The suspect got up and started to run, but police were on him in Miracle’s yard.

The 27-year-old was booked on suspicion of second-degree burglary, third degree theft, trespassing and third degree malicious mischief.

Miracle was uninjured — mostly — from Friday’s tackle.

“I’m a little sore,” he said Sunday.

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7 Comments to “VIDEO: 82-year-old man tackles suspect running from police”

    Miss B said:
    February 11, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Wow! Glad he was not injured.

    reen said:
    February 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Rock on, Gramps!

    Wayne Dobbs said:
    February 11, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Old age and treachery will always overcome youth and enthusiasm..

    normalguyroger said:
    February 11, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    great story. Way to go Mr Miracle. It's too bad more people don't have sense of decency and willingness to do the right thing.

    mlg4035 said:
    February 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Puyallup was always a strong team. I remember some of their great plays! Respect to you Mr. Miracle!!

    DCAL said:
    February 12, 2013 at 5:43 AM

    I can only hope I have the guts and the physical ability to give someone a cross body block when I am 82 years old. Way to go Mr. Miracle

    snafubar said:
    February 12, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Let that be a lesson to you youngsters…just cuz a guy is 82 doesn't mean he can't kick you a$$.

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