Man Walking Dog Saves Officer Under Attack

The man saved a female police officer who was getting beat up by a man she was trying to arrest

By Sandra Torres
|  Monday, Aug 29, 2011  |  Updated 9:05 AM CDT
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Tom Lashinski helped a Chicago police officer who was struggling to a arrest a suspect on the city's North Center neighborhood.

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A Chicago man is being hailed as a hero for jumping in to save a police officer who was under attack.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Tom Lashinski was walking his mom's dog around 12:20 a.m. on Sunday in the 4200 block of N. Ravenswood when he noticed what seemed to be two people fighting.

Lashinski soon realized a man was punching and pulling the hair of a female police officer while she was trying to arrest him, according to reports.

The officer was trying to handcuff the suspect when he began attacking her, police said.

Lashinski called 911 and then helped the officer hold the man down until more officers arrived.

Police identified the man attacking the officer as 45-year-old Antonio Perez.

Perez is now charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer, burglary, resisting a peace officer, and attempting to disarm a peace officer, according to police.

The officer suffered injuries to her face, multiple lacerations and puncture wounds from being bitten, according to the Sun-Times.

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