Bystander tackles Virginia murder suspect who escaped custody

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Bystander Tackles Virginia Murder Suspect Who Escaped Police Custody

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A man wanted in connection with a slaying in Virginia escaped from a North Carolina deputy Monday, only to be tackled by a bystander, WRAL reported.

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George William Knisley, 41, of Westminster, Maryland, was arrested after a carjacking and police chase in Raleigh on Friday night, the television station reported. Knisley is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Matthew T. Broyles, 29, of Powhatan, Virginia, WTVR reported. He is also accused in the disappearance of Amy Renee Fabian 43, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office said.

As he was being taken to a car to be moved to the Wake County Jail on Monday, Knisley complained his handcuffs were too tight. When the deputy loosened them, Knisley allegedly shoved the deputy and began running down a downtown Raleigh street, WRAL reported.

That’s when John Martinez Jr. sprang into action.

Martinez said he and his wife were walking down the street when he saw a man wearing an orange jumpsuit fleeing from a deputy, WRAL reported.

"It was like someone in a costume," Martinez told the television station Tuesday. "I saw that he had a handcuff on one hand and it was dangling around – both of his hands were free."

Martinez began chasing Knisley and tackled him.

"I took him down to the ground, pinned his arms around his back," Martinez told WRAL. "He begged me to let me go. [He] said, 'Let me go. Let me go. I am wanted for murder,' and I was like, 'There is no chance.'"

Another man helped Martinez secure the handcuff on Knisley and waited for deputies to arrive, the television station reported.

"We gave each other a fist punch, said good job and went to lunch," Martinez told WRAL.

Knisely is being held without bond in the Wake County Jail on a fugitive extradition warrant from Virginia.

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