When one woman witnessed two officers being beaten down in what is being described as a potentially deadly attack, she realized she couldn’t stand by and wait until someone else came to their rescue. She took action herself and sprinted into the vicious brawl.
It all began when police officer Brian Loewenhagen and police Sgt. Eric Walters were attempting to arrest 21-year-old Jacob Hellenbrand outside a Kwik Trip gas station mart Sunday evening in Portage, Wisconsin, about 30 miles north of Madison, according to local ABC affiliate WKOW.
According to the Portage Police Department, Officer Loewenhagen was trying to put Hellenbrand into handcuffs for a parole and probation violation. That’s when Hellenbrand’s female friend, 21-year-old Olivia Boomsma, brutally attacked the officer, repeatedly punching him in the face.
Sgt. Walters pulled the young woman away from his fellow officer and pushed her to the ground as he tried to get handcuffs on her. That’s when her friend Hellenbrand broke free from Officer Loewenhagen, rushing forward and delivering a kick to his head so powerful it knocked Sgt. Walters out.
That left Officer Loewenhagen alone against both unrestrained attackers. That’s when off-duty medical assistant Vanessa Guerra showed up and ran to check on the downed officer. Then she heard Boomsma scream that she had a knife and was going to stab the officers.
“When I heard the word knife, at that point it's going to be you or me. At that point it was her,” Guerra recounted.
Guerra, who used to work as a corrections officer, charged the young woman and body-slammed her against a nearby wall. She was able to hold Boomsma there until Walters woke up and handcuffed her.
With the investigation ongoing, it’s not been revealed yet how Officer Loewenhagen eventually got Hellenbrand into cuffs, but the two young people were both arrested. There were initially charged for battery of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.
The police department is hailing Guerra as a hero for her brave and quick actions.
Guerra said what she did came naturally, explaining, “I'm in the medical profession. When you get into that mode, you're there for your patients, you're there for the person that you see in need. And that's what you do.”
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