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Quick Thinking Teens Help Police Catch Criminal
Updated May 5, 2013 1:06 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(HUNTINGBURG) - It was some quick thinking by some boys in Dubois County that helped police make an arrest and possibly helped find a vehicle that may have been stolen from the Evansville region.

The three boys, John Schneider, Travis Main, and Aaron Schmitt, have been friends for a long time and one of their favorite things to do together is to ride four wheelers and Gators around the Schneider family property. They say it was some quick riding, quick running, and quick thinking that led them to help police with the arrest.

The trio says they first became suspicious when a family friend alerted them of this truck stuck in the mud near the Schneider's driveway.

They say the street is busy all the time, so you would think that if he needed help, he would just wait.

But they say the driver wasn't with the truck. Instead, they say they found him running in a nearby field and the three decided to go check on him.

"We just thought maybe he needed some help, maybe he was hurt or something, so we thought we'd go out and see what he needed," said Travis Main.

"We asked him why he was running, where he was going, and he said he was scared because he saw all the four wheelers. We asked him where he was going, and he said he was going to his friends' house, which I assume was nearby, if that was even the case," said John Schneider.

But when the boys told the man that police were currently looking at the stuck vehicle, they say the man took off running further into the field. The boys pursued him on the Gator and on a four wheeler until Aaron Schmitt, who says he intends to someday become a police officer, jumped off the four wheeler and tackled the man.

"I mean, I got him on the ground and then he tried wrestling around, and I just caught his arms and put my elbow in his throat and he just didn't move," said Schmitt.

Schmitt says he held him until Huntingburg Police caught up. They identified the man as Jordan Dunn, and told the boys they believed the truck might have been stolen from Vanderburgh County.

Schneider says he's just glad they were there to help out.

"If we hadn't stopped him, he would have been gone. He could hide in that field very easily," said Schneider.

According to Huntingburg Police, Dunn will likely be charged in the next several days. He was initially taken to the hospital.



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