Md. firefighter-paramedic takes down knife-wielding man

Diego De Abreu Peclat Dos Santos, who is trained in mixed martial arts, stopped a suspect from stealing an ambulance and assaulting a hospital nurse

By News Staff 

TAKOMA PARK, Md. — A Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service firefighter trained in mixed martial arts stopped a suspect from trying to steal an ambulance and assaulting a hospital nurse.

Firefighter-paramedic Diego De Abreu Peclat Dos Santos was transferring a patient to emergency room staff with a colleague when he saw a man with a knife assaulting a hospital nurse, ABC 7 WJLA reported.



While filling out paperwork, De Abreu Peclat Dos Santos saw Christopher Broadus, 27, assault a hospital nurse and try to steal an ambulance with a knife.

De Abreu Peclat Dos Santos approached the suspect and, with the help of hospital security guards, wrestled Broadus to the ground.

The MCFRS firefighter-medic incurred minor injuries in the altercation.

"Here you had an assault, an attempted carjacking," Pete Piringer, spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service, said. "I like sandwiches, but I don't like knuckle sandwiches, and it looks like that's probably what this guy got."

Police charged Broadus with first-degree assault, attempted carjacking and disorderly conduct.

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