Last Wednesday night, my husband and I were confronted with a criminal fugitive on our back doorstep who was trying to get into our house. While my husband went to call police, I talked to the very agitated young man who was breathing heavily, and appeared to have blood on his sleeve. Fortunately, all our doors were locked, and I spoke with him from an open window. He had sand on his hands, so we knew he had come from the nearby beach. The man begged us not to call police, and then admitted that he was on parole.

To our great relief, four police officers arrived, and arrested the man after patting him down for weapons. They handled him firmly, but not roughly. One of the officers told me that the man was wanted for badly beating his wife at the beach. Later, we discovered that the man allegedly attacked his wife during a heated argument, and then tried to throw her in the ocean and bury her alive in the sand.

The man was charged with attempted murder, assault causing great bodily injury, domestic violence, false imprisonment, and parole violation. He had previously been convicted for carjacking and burglary.

My husband and I watched the seriously injured wife being loaded into an ambulance to be taken to a trauma center. We can only imagine what would have happened if there were no police available to help. The idea that a social worker could have handled the situation is laughable.

Our Coronado police and rescue personnel are to be commended for their rapid response, their professionalism, and the courtesy and concern extended to us. They not only came to our aid, but they also saved the life of the perpetrator’s wife. These are the same men and women who I saw passing out bottled water to demonstrators on the Orange Avenue median last summer. They are why we can safely walk our streets, and live without fear and anxiety. These police officers are the ones who enforce the rules that we agree on to make an orderly and peaceful society.

Thank you, Coronado police. Well done!

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Jon Sinton

Three cheers for our Coronado Police! By the way, I find it hard to believe that anyone who is suggesting adding social workers and psychologists to the police tool box would advocate any other response than the appropriate one we got that night.

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