Committing a crime when law enforcement officers from around the state are in the neighborhood might not be the smartest move.
On Sunday night, off-duty officers with the Santa Maria Police Department were in Sacramento for the California Peace Officers Memorial when they saw a man assaulted at 10th and K streets downtown, according to Sacramento police. So the Santa Maria officers did what they do back home:. They chased down the assault suspect and detained him until local officers arrived.
The victim was walking in the area shortly after 11:30 p.m. when he was attacked from behind by someone he knew, according to the Sacramento Police Department’s daily activity summary. The victim fell and hit his head on concrete. He suffered a cut to the head and was taken to a hospital.
Sacramento police identified the suspect as 30-year-old Richard Purves.
Purves was booked into Sacramento County Jail on suspicion of battery with injury, police said.