Gotta Watch: Heroic crimestoppers
A transit bus driver and teen motorist help to stop a getaway after a hit-and-run.
April 10th, 2012
12:07 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Heroic crimestoppers

If you witnessed a crime happening right in front of you would you have the nerve to stop it? It's easy to say yes, but think about it. You'd have to be pretty brave to just jump in to try and thwart an evil-doer.

Recently, a hit-and-run suspect was caught on camera striking a bicyclist on a bridge in Pennsylvania. You've gotta watch how the would-be culprit was stopped by the quick thinking of a transit bus driver.

And check out how these other crime stoppers mustered up their nerve and made the split-second decision to answer the call of duty.

Bus blocks hit-and-run driver

A teenage driver attempted to flee the scene of an accident after striking a cyclist on the Fahy Bridge in Pennsylvania. A bus driver takes action, but watch watch who else steps up to trap the teen and put a stop to the getaway.

Clerk stops fast-food robbery

A man leaped through a drive-through window at a Burger King attempting to steal money from the cash register. Watch how the surprised female clerk stands her ground and takes the suspect down.

Two MMA fighters foil robbery attempt

A man attempting to rob a Los Angeles hotel didn't account for the MMA fighters that happened to be in the lobby. Watch how a broken hotel key played a role in stopping the assailant mid-getaway.

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  1. portland tony

    If the evil doer was intent on doing bad things to me, my family, or any defenseless soul, I'd be there. If the bad dude were trying to steal a parked car, had robbed a bank or was passing counterfeit $20s...I'd report it....but let the pro's handle it. I am definitely not going to war over a stolen car.

    April 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark


    April 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    Click on my name and donate

    April 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark


    April 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    how come zimmerman isn't mentioned in this article?

    April 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • caw

      Thanks for correcting that go back to your nose picking.

      April 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sofa King

    Bernhard Goetz belongs here too.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    Why are bikes allowed on that narrow stretch of highway? It seems unsafe.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mork

      Great fun running them down.

      April 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • vmprophet

      I was wondering the same thing. Sure the guy was speeding and was in the wrong, but still seems unsafe to have a bike there. If someone is distracted for a split second, even if not speeding, they could still hit the guy on the bike

      April 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • litai

      Read the story – it's a bridge, a local city road crossing a river and the law makes illegal for the bike to be on the sidewalk lane

      April 10, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Ummm. because it's not about vigilantes?

    April 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NRA

    If we all had guns, this would never happen.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    how come zimmerman is considered a vigilante..
    but batman is a hero?

    April 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Obama's fault

    Yes it is.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      No, it's not, it's Bush's.
      Lol......thanks for the laugh.

      April 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kiss

    Why is the guy on the bike in the middle of the road when there is clearly a walk/bike path to the right he should of gotten cited. People on bikes need to obey the laws too.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mork

      You are right. They deserve what happens.

      April 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • litai

      Bikes are allowed on local roads unless specified otherwise and this was a local road crossing a river, not a highway. Bikes are illegal on the sidewalk unless you are walking the bike – learn the law. The cyclist was perfectly obeying the law.

      April 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    OK, Ruffie, I'm going to explain it to you...
    Batman isn't real.
    I know, I know, shocking, no?
    But he isn't.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. B Goetz

    The case is still under investigation. Zimmerman is only considered vigilante by people who won't wait for the facts. The same thing happened to me, but I proved them all wrong.

    April 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Only in that you were injured during previous mugging, and you weren't going to be mugged again...and that you were aquitted of everything except a gun charge.
      You went vigilante.
      Admit it, and move on.

      April 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • walkthetalk

      Nothing happened to you. You are a loser.

      April 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snarlie Cheen

      Everything happened to me. I am a winner.

      April 10, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kiss

    I would of loved to see that haha

    April 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
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