Hammond police honored a resident after he helped an officer struggling with a traffic stop earlier this month, a spokesman said.
Officer Daniel Sangkaratana pulled over Randol Thomas Palmer Hall on June 1 after receiving reports of attempted child abductions, Lt. Steve Kellogg said in a news release.
Sangkaratana was struggling with Hall and worried that Hall was reaching for the officer’s gun when Patrick Baum stopped to help and hold Hall until other officers arrived, the release states.
Hammond police thanked Baum “for his selfless and brave actions that afternoon,” according to the release.
“He risked his personal safety to assist an officer in need while he was trying to secure a dangerous individual believed to be involved in multiple child abductions,” Kellogg said. “Mr. Baum’s actions that day helped to avoid a potential tragedy.”
Hall, 27, of Matteson, Ill., was charged in Lake Superior Court with disarming a law enforcement officer, attempted criminal confinement, battery against a public safety official, resisting law enforcement and battery, court records show.
Hall pleaded not guilty to the charges and is scheduled to appear in court again July 30, according to court records.
Hammond police responded around 2:30 p.m. June 1 to the 2900 block of 165th Street for “an attempted child abduction,” Kellogg said. A 15-year-old girl said she was grabbed by a man in a vehicle but “she was able to quickly pull away from the male and ran,” he said.
Witnesses gave police a detailed description of the license plate and vehicle the man was driving, the release states.
“A few minutes later, a 10-year-old female reported that a male matching the same description tried to lure her into his vehicle in the 6400 block of New Hampshire,” Kellogg said.
Sangkaratana patrolled the area and found a gray Ford Explorer with a matching license plate from Illinois on Parrish Ave., court records show.
Sangkaratana stopped the vehicle “and (Hall) immediately exited his vehicle and began to walk around with a blank stare,” Kellogg said. The officer gave Hall orders but those were ignored, police said.
“(Hall) went back into his vehicle and began to reach under the driver’s seat of the vehicle,” Kellogg said. “Fearing that (Hall) was reaching for a weapon, Officer Sangkaratana ran up (to Hall) and grabbed his arm attempted to stop the suspect from grabbing a weapon.”
Hall “spun around and began to fight” with Sangkaratana’s and grab for the officer’s vest and belt, according to the release.
“The suspect pushed the officer into the street and continued to struggle,” the release states.
Baum stopped and helped the officer hold Hall on the ground until other officers arrived to secure him in a police vehicle, Kellogg said.