Big night for crime-fighting citizens, off-duty officers

SEATTLE -- After a long work week, here's something to brighten your outlook on humanity just in time for Friday.

Last night, off-duty officers and civilians helped prevent two different crimes with their bravery and quick thinking.

Around 8:45 p.m. a 50-year-old woman was walking near Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Othello Street after leaving a nearby Safeway when a man -- for reasons known only to him -- started chasing her with an open knife, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Off-duty SPD Sgt. Bryan Clenna and his wife were driving past and saw the man chasing the victim with a knife.

According to police, Clenna pulled his car over, had the woman get in, and shielded her from her attacker.

While Clenna called 911, the man walked off, charged back at the car with his knife, and then walked off again, according to police.

Before officers even had a chance to start searching for the suspect, they saw patrons kicking him out of a bar across the street.

The man was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.

Less than two hours later, another man was arrested thanks to the intervention of a couple citizens and an off-duty Washington State Patrol trooper.

According to police, a woman was walking in the 1900 block of Second Avenue when she noticed a man following her.

She removed her earbuds and took out her cellphone as a precaution, but the man walked off after asking her the time.

Less than two minutes later, the man came back and tried to grab the woman's purse, according to police.

The woman struggled, and the man punched her in the head, according to police.

That's when two citizens came to the woman's aid. They were able to hold the suspect until an off-duty trooper came over to help.

SPD officers soon arrived and arrested the man for investigation of robbery.