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Two men are facing felony charges after police say they posed as construction workers in an attempt to cash fake paychecks in Germantown, then ran away when police were called.
The men, Tanner Crabtree and Jason Barnes, were stopped from running away by friends Billy Holtgrave and Brad Marshall, who were buying lottery tickets at a bar across the street when they saw Crabtree and Barnes take off, a KMOV 4 report stated.
“Didn’t really think about it, just instinct,” Holtgrave told the TV station. “Saw him running and wanted to stop him.”
Crabtree and Barnes were both charged with felony forgery and resisting a police officer.
Holtgrave and Marshall followed one suspect in their SUV until they spotted him running through backyards.
“I met up with him and ended up tackling him to the ground, put him in a head lock and (Marshall) helped me hold him down until officers got there and arrested him,” Holtgrave said.
The other suspect was taken into custody by police.
Germantown Police Chief Jeff Wuebbles told KMOV 4 he wouldn’t have been able to make the arrest without Holtgrave and Marshall’s help.
“It’s their town, they like to protect it,” he said.