Action News Hawk helps police capture suspect
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Channel 13 Action News Hawk helps police catch a robbery suspect, after he crashes into a house, and takes off on foot.
"t's not often Metro asks for our support, but we're always more than willing to give it to them," says photographer, Jason Harvey.
Harvey mans the camera from above, while Roger Maynulet pilots the helicopter. Police say it was their quick thinking that helped catch Robert Kennedy, 35, who's now in custody for robbing a Walgreens on East Tropicana early Friday morning.
"We want to thank you over at Channel 13," says Metro's Public Information Officer, Bill Cassell. "You gave use a great hand Friday morning. Normally, it's the news talking about what our helicopters are doing. But in this case, it's the news talking about what your helicopters did."
Metro followed Kennedy to his home, near Russell and McLeod. In a panic, Kennedy crashed his truck into his house, jumped out, and ran from officers. That's when our chopper team came through.
"I heard one of the officers on the ground say 'he's running northbound across Russell Road,'" Harvey describes. So, he and Maynulet headed that way in the chopper.
"Then, I saw the guy in the backyard about a block north of Russell Road," Harvey says. "So I called 911 myself, and kept filming it."
"The suspect ran into the shed," Maynulet describes. "We were trying to talk the police into it, so I held the helicopter into a hover, pretty much right above the shed, so Metro could see where we were."
That shed, was in Carol Blake's backyard. "I didn't know what was going on," she says. "You never think something like that will happen in your backyard."
She watched as police surrounded the shed, and eventually got to Kennedy.
"I was impressed," she says. "It was all very controlled."
All thanks to a chopper and a camera, catching a lot more than just the morning traffic.
"You guys were in the right place, at the right time," Cassell says.
"Sure, it was unusual, but it always feels good to be able to do something like that," Maynulet says.
Credit also goes to flight controllers at McCarran who helped relay information between the Action News Hawk and Metro ground units.
Kennedy is charged with burglary and possession of stolen property.