Sports columnist vacationing in Charleston helps cop subdue suspect
National sports columnist Jerry Bonkowski is tweeting that while vacationing in Charleston this weekend, he helped a cop subdue a man who was breaking into cars.
Bonkowski posted this tweet at 11:39 p.m. Saturday: “On vaca in Charleston, SC, saw guy break in car and try 2 carjack another. Cop was fighting, so I took guy down, helped arrest. Feelin good!”
He added today that the incident occurred at the Harris Teeter on Folly Road.
Bonkowski, of Chicago, said in another tweet that he was a former part-time cop.
Police spokesman Charles Francis said today that a man had broken into a car outside the Harris Teeter and was rifling through it. He resisted an officer’s orders to put his hands behind his back, and Bonkowski helped the officer get the guy’s hands behind his back. The cop was not fighting with the suspect, Francis said.
Keith McDermott of Yonkers, N.Y., was charged with breaking into a motor vehicle and vandalism, Francis said.
The incident report was not immediately available.
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