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GFPD asks for help identifying 2 people who helped an officer arrest a suspect

Two men helped Officer Olson during chase of suspect
Posted at 11:27 AM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-14 00:12:20-05

The Great Falls Police Department is asking for help identifying two people who helped apprehend a suspect on Wednesday morning.

The GFPD said in a Facebook post that Officer Adam Olson was investigating a report of a stolen vehicle near 9th Street and 5th Avenue North. The suspect, who Officer Olson saw rummaging through the vehicle, began running away once he saw Olson, and Olson began chasing after him. Near the 200 block of 11th Street North, a community member pulled next to Olson and asked what was happening. All Olson could say was "help."

The GFPD said: "The male driver didn't hesitate and pulled his vehicle in front of the suspect then jumped out. By cutting off the escape route Olson and the good samaritan were able to each grab an arm and take the suspect to the ground. Another man then approached held down one of the suspect's legs while Olson applied handcuffs. Shortly after the suspect was secured other officers arrived."

The GFPD says that both community members left the scene before Olson could get their names. Officer Olson was really happy to get the help and would like to give each of these gentlemen a handshake and thank them in person. He said without their help it is likely the suspect, or himself, would have sustained injuries during the chase.

If you are one of these men, or if you know who they are, you're asked to contact the GFPD by sending a private message to their Facebook page , or calling 406.455.8408.


  • Male in his early 30's
  • Olive complexion with well trimmed beard
  • Brown hair
  • Medium build - average height
  • Dressed nicely in business casual attire
  • Driving a newer silver 1/2 ton pickup (likely a Ford)
  • Was traveling eastbound on 3rd Ave N


  • Male in his early 60's
  • Possibly wearing a blue or gray jacket
  • Was walking southbound on 11st St N

(UPDATE, 11:49 a.m.) The GFPD says that "Good Samaritan #1" has been identified!