Draculino GB student credited with stopping assault
by Thayer Evans [April 12, 2010] --
Nassau Bay City Manager Chris Reed didn't get the dishwasher he was shopping for over the weekend, but he helped police get their man in the Best Buy parking lot.
League City police say that Reed, a former police officer who also happens to be a professional mixed martial arts fighter, chased down a man he saw pushing a woman to the ground and punching her in the face.
League City Police Sgt. John Jordan said Dickinson resident Krisean Deon Wade, 19, is charged with family violence. He was transferred to the Galveston County Jail on $60,000 bond.
The incident took place Saturday in the parking lot of League City's Best Buy at 2510 Gulf Freeway, where Reed been looking at dishwashers. Reed, 41, gave the following account of what happened to police:
Reed had just left the store about 3:40 p.m. with his 16-year-old daughter and was getting into his car when he heard her say, “Get him daddy.” He looked behind his car and saw Wade, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound man about 15 yards away, throwing his 19-year-old girlfriend to the ground.
Reed told police that at first he thought the two were playing around but then he saw the man hit the young woman at least twice in the face with his fist. Reed said the punches were hard enough that he could hear the impact, and the woman was trying to escape her boyfriend's grasp but he wouldn't let go.
According to Reed, he yelled at the man and started to run towards him. At first, Reed said, the man took an aggressive stance, but as Reed -- who's 5-foot-10 and 210 pounds -- neared, he took off across the parking lot. Reed gave chase and pushed him to the ground, where he held him with a knee in the man's belly and arm raised as a threat until police arrived.
Within seconds, a League City police officer drove up and exited his patrol car holding a Taser.
The officer recognized Reed -- who used to be an assistant police chief for League City -- and told him to step away. Reed said he did so after telling Wade to remain where he was, and the suspect was arrested without incident.
“It was instinctive to act,” Reed wrote in a text-message. “I didn’t even think about him potentially having a weapon until afterwards. I did get a little nervous when the officer got out with a Taser. I was glad he recognized me.”
League City Police Chief Mike Jez said he appreciates Reed’s assistance. Reed was League City’s assistant police chief before becoming League City's city administrator, a job he quit in June. Reed was hired to his current position in Nassau Bay in July.
In 1993, Reed was shot in the chest while chasing suspected drug dealers in a wooded area on the city's south side. It struck him in his protective vest, leaving him with a bruised heart and lung.
“I wouldn’t have expected anything less out of Chris Reed,” Jez said.