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Homeless men spring into action to assist with difficult arrest

Security footage shows two homeless men helping an officer subdue a violent attacker inside a Pompano Beach, Fla., McDonald's. WTVJ's Jeff Burnside reports.

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - Three homeless men came to the aid of a deputy who was trying to arrest a man who had become violent with him, authorities said Thursday.

Deputy Kevin Meyer was dispatched to a Pompano Beach McDonald's on Saturday morning. When he arrived, he was told that Patrick Davis, 29, tried to steal someone's backpack.

Davis went towards the door holding a metal object when Meyer tried to handcuff him, authorities said.


The suspect reacted with "super strength" that police believe he had temporarily from a drug he was on when the deputy went to handcuff him, knocking off Meyer's glasses, the Broward Sheriff's Office said. His radio microphone also came off and the handcuffs fell on the floor.

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The homeless men were inside the fast food restaurant and one man grabbed Davis' feet while the other helped him down. A third man also offered to help.

"I think they're phenomenal,"  Deputy Meyer told NBC Miami. "While the restaurant was full, everyone else didn't make a move they decided to make a move, risk personal injury to themselves to help a stranger, basically."

Meanwhile, another deputy arrived and cuffed Davis, who continued to kick in the back of the patrol car.

He was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, obstruction with violence, criminal mischief, depriving an officer of means of communication, attempted escape and robbery with a weapon.

He was being held without bond because he had two outstanding cocaine offenses, authorities said.

The three men will be honored by police, police said.

"They're fine in my book," Meyer told NBC Miami.

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