Bystander helps officer arrest sex offender

Bystander helps officer arrest sex offender

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - Decatur police are giving credit to a bystander who helped an officer as he was arresting a registered sex offender.

In 2008, Ronald William Flick Jr. was convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree for abusing a child younger than 13 years of age.

Flick is required to register with the law enforcement within where he lives but in August the Morgan County Sheriff's Department obtained a warrant for Flick for failing to comply with his registration requirements.

Decatur police say on Friday, August 14 at 9:30 p.m., a Decatur police officer working off-duty at Parkway Medical Center received information, that Flick was in the Parkway Emergency Room and had an active felony warrant.

The officer approached Flick and asked him his name, and Flick gave him a false name.  The officer lead Flick outside where he attempted to arrest Flick, when he fled and that's when the officer deployed his taser.

Police say Flick fell to the ground and a struggle between the officer and Flick started.  During the struggle, the officer dropped his taser and Flick tried to grab it.

A bystander who was watching the scene unfold ran to help the officer and that's when the officer was able to regain control of his taser and use it on Flick and later arrest him.

Flick was taken back to the emergency room and evaluated by the Parkway ER staff, where he was transported to Huntsville Hospital for observation over a possible head injury.

Once released, Flick will be transported to the Decatur City Jail. Flick is charged with give a false name to law enforcement and resisting arrest.

After his Decatur city charges are resolved, Flick will be released into the custody of the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.

Police say, they would like to thank the person who assisted the officer in arresting Flick.

They ask that he or anyone with information as to who he is to contact Decatur Police at 256-341-4647.

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