10 Jul, 2019 @ 11:14
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Spanish policeman ‘hero’ in New York after saving US officer from violent assault

A SPANISH policeman holidaying in New York has been applauded as a ‘hero’ after he saved a US officer from a violent assault.

Ruben Castillo, a Policia Nacional agent from Valencia, was walking with his girlfriend in Times Square when a man in his thirties ‘head-butted’ an officer and reached for her pistol.

With the US officer ‘dazed’ from the assault, Castillo leapt upon the attacker and handcuffed him.

“We were rolling around on the ground for a while, until I managed to restrain him completely and explained to the attacked agent that I was a Spanish policeman,” Castillo told Las Provincias.

‘HERO’: Castillo works with Policia Nacional in Valencia

The Spanish officer detained the man until more US agents arrived.

Thousands of people began to applaud Castillo’s heroic intervention.

The off-duty policeman however said he would prefer people to ‘help’ rather than applaud in future.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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