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ONLY ON ABC12: Midland man speaks out about helping capture prison escapee

ONLY ON ABC12: Midland man speaks out about helping capture prison escapee

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MIDLAND COUNTY (WJRT) - (05/07/14) - A good Samaritan is responsible for putting a prison escapee back behind bars. It's a story we first brought you Monday, but we're hearing from him all new.

Justin Cassidy of Midland was on his lunch break when his aunt texted him, saying a prisoner was on the loose.

"You never know if somebody like that can actually hurt somebody," Cassidy said.

You don't have to be a superhero - or wear a badge - to do the right thing.

Just ask Dow Chemical contractor, Cassidy. His aunt heard on the police scanner, a prisoner broke out of a Midland County van near the jail.

"Thought I'd take a ride around see if I saw any of the excitement," Cassidy said.

He ended up a key part of the capture. Tommy Maier is the prisoner who escaped - he's a registered sex offender with a long rap sheet. Police were transporting him from Isabella County to Midland to answer to a felony assault charge.

So Cassidy pulled out his phone and called 911.

"I tried to tell him to stay down, just stay here, I had a hold of him for a second," he said.

And police weren't far off - Cassidy flagged them down.

"He's where he deserves to be now," he said.

The sheriff is happy to see neighbors keeping their backyard safe.

"You can observe from a safe distance and keep yourself out of harm's way and call 911 and just observe, it helps us so much," said Midland Co. Sheriff Scott Stephenson.

"My fiancee actually said 'What do you think you are, Dog the Bounty Hunter now?'" Cassidy said.

After all the excitement, Cassidy's thinking he may have a new life goal.

"I went home and said 'I may know what I want to go back to school for now,'" Cassidy said.
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