Last Updated on October 17, 2019
On the morning before the Chicago marathon this past weekend, a ‘good Samaritan’ on a blue line train on the way to run in the marathon disarmed an armed robber.
The Good Samaritan, Jean Paul LaPierre, asked passengers why they were quickly disembarking the train at Cumberland.
According to WGNTV, LaPierre said, “I said ‘this doesn’t seem like the right way.’ He said ‘No, there’s a guy on the train walking around right now robbing people.’ That kind of made me mad.”
Upon hearing the news that there was a robber on the train, LaPierre decided to confront the man, alone.
After tussling with the robber, the robber demanded LaPierre to release him after LaPierre ripped the gun out of his hand.
LaPierre replied, “I’m not letting you go! I’m not letting you go! I’m not letting you go!”
LaPierre can be heard saying, “I’m a boxer. I’ll break your head in one punch.”
After disarming the robber, LaPierre handed the gun to another passenger.
While LaPierre was restraining the suspect, LaPierre was threatened by the suspect’s friends to release him.
“They started threatening me but I just stood in his face. The guy kept saying to me, ‘It’s just a gun, let me go, let me go.’ I kept telling him, ‘you’re not going anywhere,’” LaPierre explained.
In the video, the suspect says, “it don’t matter.”
To which LaPierre replies, “it matters to me.”
WGNTV reports that the suspect is 30-year old Tremaine Anderson who was charged with one felony count of robbery with a firearm.
Anderson has a long history of prior arrests, including attempted robbery, battery and even one for public indecency. A judge ordered him held without bond.
In the footage, a woman can be heard saying to LaPierre, “please don’t make this any worse.”
After the heroic act, LaPierre completed the marathon.