Va. security guard saves police officer from attack
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (ABC7) — For security guard Marcus Johnson, every step is a struggle.
“Three major breaks that’s causing all this pain,” he said. “One crack in the femur and two breaks on each side of the leg.”
His broken right ankle and leg are held together by seven screws and a metal plate, after a violent, life-threatening encounter with 50-year-old Jeffrey Tibbs.
“He stepped on my ankle, and as I was trying to bring him down, is when I heard and felt it break,” he recalled.
Exactly one-week-ago, around 1:30 a.m., Johnson was cruising on patrol at a Van Dorn Street Plaza in Alexandria.
He saw Tibbs and another man wandering near a cluster of dumpsters.
“My thing was to get them away from the building,” Johnson said. “If there was any burglary, we can investigate that afterwards.”
Johnson told the men to move along.
Instead, he says, Tibbs and his companion walked up and grabbed at Johnson through his car window.
“They were cursing and yelling,” Johnson said.
“Most people don’t want a physical confrontation, even if they’re willing to start a verbal one,” said Crystal Nosal, an Alexandria Police spokesperson.
It got worse when Johnson managed to pull away and called the police.
One suspect fled. But authorities say Tibbs not only stayed—he attacked an arriving officer.
“He was hitting her, grabbing her, shaking her,” Johnson recalled. “And it looked pretty bad.”
Johnson knew he had to take action.
“He was trying to slam her against a wall, like, he was trying to put her in a choke hold or something,” Johnson said.
So Johnson jumped into the fray.
Johnson, the officer, and Tibbs struggled. Fists were flying.
Johnson says Tibbs stepped on his ankle, hard enough to hear it snap.
During the scuffle, the officer suffered a dislocated shoulder.
Despite their injuries, they managed to subdue Tibbs; Johnson sitting on him, and the officer holding his legs until a backup unit arrived.
Tibbs, now in custody, faces felony assault charges.
Johnson figures he has at least ten weeks of healing before his life will return to normal.
He was happy to get a visit from the injured officer at the hospital.
“She just came in and said ‘thank you,’” Johnson said. “You know she was glad I was there, glad I could help her.”
Nosal says the Alexandria Police Chief is sending a letter of commendation to Johnson’s employer.
The 42-year-old father of three is none too pleased with the prospect of wearing a cast for nearly three months.
His family, though, is trying to help with a GoFundMe account called ‘A hero’s fund: Marcus Elias Johnson’, to pay for medical expenses.
Johnson himself says, he was just doing the right thing.
“At the time, you’re not thinking about being a hero,” he said. “You’re just trying to do what’s right at the time.”