Shane Spicer, an Army veteran from Florida, was picking up his morning coffee when he found himself involved in a dramatic turn of events. While police were attempting to catch a dangerous career criminal, Michael Prouty, that had reportedly broken into a home and stolen a car, crashing in a busy intersection, Prouty attempted to carjack a pregnant woman.
“I’m gonna get you, buddy…you crossed the line” recalls Spicer, when he witnessed Prouty pull the woman out of the car. Spicer jumped out of the car behind the woman’s vehicle and hopped into her passenger seat, trying to stop Prouty.
“I feel like if you’ve got the ability to watch out for someone, that you should,” said Spicer in an interview with FOX 35 Orlando. “I would just hope that someone would do the same for my family.”
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Bodycam video footage from the Ocala Police Department revealed Spicer actually holding onto Prouty while officers closed in. Spicer reported that his girlfriend and daughter were in his car when the incident took place and was able to walk away from the take-down just a bit out of breath.
Prouty was later charged with fleeing and eluding, attempted carjacking, a crash involving injuries and resisting arrest by the Ocala Police Department and (additional) charges from Sumter County that included home invasion, battery on a person over 65 and grand theft of a vehicle, according to the Daily Mail.
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The woman Spicer saved, who is six months pregnant, contacted him to thank him for his heroic action. Spicer responded, “I feel a sense of personal responsibility, so it felt great to be able to do something that beneficial to someone in distress.” Ultimately, it was Spicer’s bravery that ensured the safety of the woman and prevented Prouty from getting away.