‘Good Samaritan’ arrested with gun after going after assault suspect

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‘Good Samaritan’ arrested with gun

June 23, 2011, 02:19 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff

A “Good Samaritan” who came to an assault victim’s aid in downtown San Mateo yesterday afternoon ended up starting a panic in the area after pulling out a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun on the victim’s assailant, police said.

The man ended up in jail, however, for assault with a firearm, drawing a weapon in a threatening manner and carrying a loaded firearm while the woman’s assailant faces misdemeanor charges of simple assault and was able to walk away from the scene, police said.

Arrested was Ashley Viola, 23, a resident of San Pablo, police said.

Viola was driving his car on Third Avenue and witnessed a 57-year-old San Mateo woman being assaulted near San Mateo Drive and asked her if she was OK, police said.

She indicated she was OK and then told Viola that the assailant was running down the street, police said.

The Good Samaritan then allegedly caught up to the man, parked his car and confronted the assailant with a firearm.

Kiera McKernan, a manager at Edmond’s Plaza Florist at that intersection, said a customer came in screaming for her to call 911. She looked across the street and saw the confrontation happening in front of the U.S. Bank.

“An older gentleman was standing out there and a younger kid pulled a gun on him and was pointing it at him,” she said.

The older man was trying to hide behind a newspaper rack and the gunman was circling the rack trying to get to him, holding a silver gun, McKernan said.

“He was waving it and making it really known that he had a gun,” she said.

Multiple calls came into police dispatch at 3:16 p.m. and within moments two downtown police officers were on scene. Viola turned toward the officers with the gun still in hand in the ready fire position but eventually dropped the weapon, police said.

McKernan said the man was crying when officers put him in the back of a patrol car.

“The Good Samaritan escalated the situation exponentially by pulling out a gun,” said Deputy Police Chief Mike Callagy.

The officers also detained the woman’s assailant, police said.

The incident happened after 3 p.m. on Third Avenue between El Camino Real and San Mateo Drive.
An officer on foot patrol was just a block away and could have easily dealt with the woman’s assault, Callagy said.

Viola was arrested for firearm possession and the original assailant faces misdemeanor charges of simple assault, if the District Attorney’s Office chooses to charge him, police said.

The woman was bumped in the shoulder by the first suspect, police said, and nearly knocked her to the ground.

The victim did not need any medical attention and no one was injured, however.

Police blocked off a portion of Third Avenue for about an hour as they interviewed witnesses.

“The potential for this to be a tragic situation was very high,” said Lt. Mike Brunicardi. “He needlessly jeopardized the lives of everyone in the area by introducing a firearm.”

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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Kid had his heart in the right place, but not his brain.
Don't bring a gun out unless you are defending life. Nobody is going to get away doing what he did.

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Yo, homie. Is that my briefcase?
Kid had his heart in the right place, but not his brain.
Don't bring a gun out unless you are defending life. Nobody is going to get away doing what he did.
Bingo. If he had seen the assault, and drawn a firearm to stop it, then he might (MIGHT) have been justified in most states. In Commiefornia, though, the best thing to do is make sure the victim is OK, and call the fucking cops.


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Kid had his heart in the right place, but not his brain.
Don't bring a gun out unless you are defending life. Nobody is going to get away doing what he did.
This. He chased after the guy and pulled the gun on him blocks away from the assault. Nobody there knows what the fuck is going on, just that there's some idiot waving a gun around. If there had been a cop there, guess which one is getting shot.
Pull your gun , pop pop and leave.

That's what I say's!


it's a man, baby!!!
and in the gay bay area there are lots of tattlers


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You guys nailed it. You can't pursue a suspect in most states, especially California. San Francisco is extremely gun-unfriendly, and it sounds like he didn't have a CCW permit.
Eventually California will be like England and you will go to jail if you injure a home invader.