Good Samaritan saves the day

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PAXTON, Ill. (WCIA) — A Good Samaritan who took down a carjacking suspect was recognized for his heroism.

The carjacking happened last month at a Casey’s in Paxton. Brad Eichelberger heard a woman’s cry for help and immediately jumped into action. Now the city is taking time to thank him for what he did.  

Police say Joshua Hatten is the man who hijacked the car. He told the driver he had a gun and the victim drove to a nearby Casey’s. That’s when Hatten got out of the car and tried to hijack another one, this time it was an older woman’s car. 

Eichelberger was going home from work and stopped by the Casey’s on the way. He heard the woman in the store crying for help, and that’s when he tackled Hatten until police got there. 

“I’m just glad the good lord put me in the position to help somebody that’s all. She said she had just got her Christmas money and his guy had just taken it and was trying to bail. So I’m just happy she got her money back.”

Nobody was seriously injured, partially thanks to Eichelberger’s quick response. But Hatten is accused of hijacking a vehicle and aggravated robbery.

At the city council meeting, Eichelberger was given a plaque by the city for his good deed. He brought his family along to accept it. 

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