Brewer Police are crediting a bystander with helping one of their officers take two people into custody.

Why Was the Officer Making An Arrest?

The incident on January 12th began when Officer Brandon Curtis noticed Sierra Lamb, 26 of Brewer, at a Wilson Street business. Officer Curtis knew that she had current warrants out for her arrest and so approached her and tried to arrest her. Lamb resisted as he was trying to take her into custody and then 25-year-old Isiah Hoffman of Brewer interfered and allegedly tried to help Lamb get away. Hoffman got into a physical altercation with the officer, who pushed him away while Lamb was still resisting.

How Did the Good Samaritan Help?

At this point, a bystander stepped in and engaged physically with Hoffman, keeping him away from Officer Curtis until Sergeant Zachary Caron arrived on the scene. At that time, Caron took Hoffman into custody.

Both suspects were transported to the Penobscot County Jail. Mr. Hoffman was found to be in possession of approximately 4 gross grams of fentanyl. He was charged with obstructing government administration, trafficking in prison contraband, and unlawfully furnishing scheduled drugs. Lamb was charged with resisting arrest and booked on the two active arrest warrants.

Have Police Identified the Person Who Helped the Officer?

Bangor Police say they believe they've identified the Good Samaritan who stepped in to help with the situation. While they're not identifying him publicly, police say they extend their thanks to him for his assistance.

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