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

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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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