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Cop Rushes at Man with Gun, Thwarts Robbery

The motorcycle officer stopped a crime in progress Sunday.

When a Watsonville police motorcycle officer saw a man holding another man at gunpoint on a slough trail Sunday, the cop ran down down the path, raised his service weapon and stopped the robbery, Watsonville police reported.

Officer Jason Koehler was one of of several police officers responding to a report of a man brandishing a gun on the trail behind Montebello Drive, near Clifford Avenue, according to Sgt. Saul Gonzalez.

Koehler, who rides a police motorcycle, was the first cop at the scene. He spotted the man with the gun and watched as he held it to the would-be robbery victim's chest. Koehler, who the gunman hadn't seen, rushed toward the holdup and drew his own gun, Gonzalez said.

"It appeared to the officer that the man was being robbed," Gonzalez said.

The officer was able to stop the robbery and disarm the gunman. The weapon turned out to be a replica firearm, Gonzalez said.

No shots were fired and no one was hurt.

The man with the gun, 30-year-old Oscar Franco, was arrested on a weapons charge.

Chucky D. May 09, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Wow, I just started running there too!
Tony Rubio May 10, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Great job Officer Koehler. You are a hero in my book.
Susan O'Day May 10, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Pick another place to run where there are more people around..that's a bad area...of course, what isn't in Watsonville anymore?
Susan O'Day May 10, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Yes, thank You Officer Koehler..thank all of our officers...They try! With cutbacks it's difficult for them and they don't have as much leeway as is needed to cut down on all the crime that's been going on.
Tony Rubio May 10, 2012 at 09:39 PM
For the most part, I think Watsonville is a great town with friendly, courteous people. Of course you have some bad apples, but who doesn't?

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