SPOKANE POLICE ARE CREDITING A PAIR OF BURLY CITIZENS
WITH PUTTING A DAYLIGHT BURGLAR BEHIND BARS.
ONLY KXLY FOUR'S JEFF HUMPHREY WAS THERE WHEN THE
SUSPECT WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.
HE ALSO TALKED WITH THE GOOD SAMARITANS WHO TAILED
THE THIEF UNTIL POLICE ARRIVED.
ONE OF THOSE CRIME-FIGHTERS IS A MINISTER?
A MUSCLE-BOUND MINISTER WHO BLENDS HIS FAITH AND PHYSIQUE
TO STEER YOUNG PEOPLE DOWN THE RIGHT PATH.
BUT TODAY JOHN JOHNSTON WAS USING HIS SMARTS TO PULL
OFF SOME VERY IMPRESSIVE DETECTIVE WORK.
NATS GUY IN PATROL CAR
SPOKANE POLICE SAY THIS IS ONE OF THE GUYS WHO BREAK
INTO YOUR HOME WHILE YOU'RE AWAY AT WORK.
WITNESSES SAY 42 YEAR OLD LELBERT WILLIAMS WAS USING
A SCREWDRIVER TO PRY HIS WAY INTO ANYTHING HANGING
ON A HINGE
20;00 so i came down and saw the door was open but
it had these pry marks on it and stuff so i went through
it real quick to make sure nobody was in there.
20;07 and i thought, this guy could possibly still
be in the neighborhood 20;10
SO JOHN JOHNSTON SET OUT TO SEE IF HE COULD FIND WILLIAMS
AND CHECKED THIS VACANT HOUSE JUST DOWN THE STREET.
20;26 so i stopped to take a quick peek at that and
i saw a guy back there jimmying a door of a storage
facility and i yelled at him and he panicked and he
grabbed his duffle bags and started huffing it up
the hill 20;37
AND THAT'S WHEN JOHNSTON DIALED 9-1-1 AND BEGAN CHASING
WILLIAMS OVER BACK YARD FENCES IN THIS FINCH ARBORETUM
21;18 yes a stayed on him pretty good as best as i
could and when the police came in i told him what
was going on 21;23
12;59 can you tell me if you were breaking into house
this morning? no i wasn't, they cover #$%* up 13;05
ARRIVING PATROL OFFICERS ARRESTED WILLIAMS ON FOUR
HE STILL DOESN'T KNOW IT WAS A DETERMINED MINISTER
WHO PUT HIM IN THE BACK SEAT OF A PATROL CAR.
19;35 i'm just very active in the ministry at life
center church and i run a muscle ministry for kids
age 18 up to 30.
19;42 you know i try to get them active spiritually,
physically and mentally keep and improve their lives
and them away from drugs and other bad things.
IRONICALLY DRUGS ARE THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THESE
WILLIAMS TOLD US THAT HE HAD BEEN GIVEN SOME BAD HEROIN
AND THAT HE WASN'T BREAKING INTO HOMES AS MUCH AS
HE WAS HIDING FROM PEOPLE WHO WERE CHASING HIM.
WILLIAMS HAS 12 PREVIOUS FELONY CONVICTIONS.
AND JEFF WHAT DO POLICE SAY ABOUT THIS GOOD SAMARITAN?
WELL I DON'T KNOW IF YOUR COULD TELL IN THE VIDEO,
BUT JOHNSTON IS BUILT LIKE HE COULD RIP SOMEBODY'S
INSTEAD, HE PURSUED WILLIAMS AT A DISTANCE, STAYED
ON THE PHONE WITH DISPATCHERS
GIVING THEM A GOOD DESCRIPTION
AND ARRIVING OFFICERS HAD NO TROUBLE FINDING HIM.
THE FOLKS AT LIFE CENTER CHURCH.
THEY HAVE ANOTHER REASON TO HIGH FIVE JOHNSTON AT
THEIR UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES.