PORTLAND, Ore. (KGW) — An Oregon teenager took matters into his own hands to break up a fight between two homeless men.
Roshawn Lenkau loves those video games where he pretends to be a police officer. He’s been fascinated with law enforcement since he was a young child.
He even enrolled in the Explorer Program with the L.A. County Sheriff’s office before moving to Portland.
“What I learned from other officers and sergeants and stuff. They always tell me nothing can turn into something at anytime,” Lenkau said.
Anytime came Monday afternoon.
The 15-year-old was near Southwest 5th and Stark when he noticed a homeless man brutally attacking another homeless man.
“After the first five seconds I’m thinking I can’t sit here and hope and pray for someone to break up the fight and save this guy… I’m actually going to step in and do something,” Lenkau said.
Roshawn ran over and broke up the fight.
But he didn’t stop there. Using the tools he had from the Explorer Program, he attempted a citizen’s arrest on the attacker.
“He starts clenching his fists real angry like he’s about to punch me in the face and that’s when I pull out my flashlight and shine it right in his eyes,” Lenkau said.
The blinding light was disorienting.
It allowed Roshawn to get his handcuffs on the suspect who is 32-years his senior.
“Why did you attack this guy? He lies and says I did not attack him,” Lenkau said.
A lot of you may be wondering why a teenager is taking matters into his own hands.
After all, the suspect, Jared Green, is six-feet, 200-pounds.
Well, what you don’t know is that Roshawn is 6-5 250.
But his size alone isn’t why he acted.
“I don’t want to see someone die. I don’t want to hear about that on the news. I was there and could’ve done something about it. I actually could’ve saved that person,” Lenkau said.
Roshawn says he wants to go into law enforcement when he gets older.
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