Jason Fleming caught by good Samaritan while fleeing NYPD

Jason Fleming being stopped by a good Samaritan in NYC (US Attorney’s Office Screenshot)

A good Samaritan in New York City is receiving high praise from law enforcement officials who are crediting him with stopping a man who brandished a semiautomatic rifle and handgun following a dispute with a bodega worker.

The good Samaritan, whose name was not disclosed by authorities, helped police nab 39-year-old Jason Fleming, who was taken into custody last week and charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, authorities announced.

According to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Fleming on the afternoon of March 16 entered a crowded bodega in the city’s Chelsea neighborhood where he got into a verbal altercation with an employee. Following the dispute, Fleming allegedly stood in the store’s doorway and “flashed a handgun” as a little girl attempted to leave.

“The child then ran away from the store when she was able to pass by Fleming onto the sidewalk,” the release states. “The surveillance video then shows Fleming outside the bodega and pulling back his coat momentarily to reveal a rifle that had been swung over his shoulder.”

After a witness called 911, police say they approached Fleming and he immediately took off running down the street.

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