David Stout and his wife Haley, who have been together for 23 years, were enjoying an afternoon walk in downtown crossing last Thursday during their vacation in Boston. Little did David know he would soon become a hometown hero.
While passing by the Marshalls on Washington Street, David noticed two officers wrestling to gain control of a suspect who was violently fighting back. David, a fellow law enforcement officer with nearly 14 years of service with Arkansas’ Jonesboro Police Department, did not think twice when he jumped head first to assist his fellow officers in distress.
Sources familiar with the incident told us that the man officers were wrestling with is Felix Diaz, 42-years-old of Boston. Diaz is a known career criminal with a very violent track record and at the time of his arrest he had open warrants for:
- – Multiple Charges of Shoplifting Over $250
- – Multiple Charges of Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon including one charge with seriously bodily injury
- – Resisting arrest
- – Felony charges for vandalism
- – Trespassing
- – Drug possession with intent to distribute
- – Felony charges of malicious destruction of property over $1,200
- – Assault with a Dangerous Weapon-
- – Disorderly Conduct
According to our sources, without David’s help, the incident could have ended quite poorly, with Officers possibly being seriously injured. In a Snapchat video that our team saw which has now been taken down, David can be seen helping officers who were clearly struggling to control the man.
BPPA representative Jamie Kenneally told us, “When you see an out of town police officer willingly insert himself into a violent situation to provide help to officers he doesn’t even know, it undoubtedly speaks to the bond that police officers across the country share for one another; And, it certainly reaffirms the fact that, regardless of where you come from, looking out for your fellow officer means something, especially, when that officer is in trouble”. Yesterday, A-1 District Commander Captain Robert Ciccolo Jr, praised the out of towner’s act, taking to the Jonesboro PD’s Facebook to extend his own personal thanks.
As a token of appreciation for his efforts to assist our city’s first responders, the Live Boston Team was proudly able to send David and his wife to the Red Sox game over the weekend with tickets generously donated by our good friend Joe Simone. The team at E Street Screening also graciously provided David and his family with a full gift-bag of shirts, hoodies, stickers, and other collectibles.