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Cleveland Police are thankful to couple that aided in capturing bank robber

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Ramirez receiving his honor for help police capture a bank robber. Ramirez receiving his honor for help police capture a bank robber.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A Cleveland couple were given commendation coins by the Cleveland Police after they helped catch a bank robber.

Officers say that second district resident Ruben Ramirez, along with his girlfriend, Jeniffer, were in the area of East 65th Street and Broadway when they witnessed a car accident.

After the accident, the driver of the car that caused the accident fled.

Ruben and Jeniffer followed the suspect's vehicle until it stopped behind a bus.

Authorities say that's when Ramirez sprung into action and knocked on the driver's window.

The driver told him to get away from the car but Ramirez demanded that he stop and get out.

When the driver refused, Ramirez shattered the window, then reached in and opened the door.

Officers say the driver tried to accelerate to get by the bus, but Ramirez put one foot in the car and pressed the brake.

The driver and Ramirez struggled for control of the vehicle and the good Samaritan was able to overpower him and get him out of the car.

An off-duty fourth district Cleveland Police officer, Det. Brooks, assisted Ramirez and placed the suspect under arrest.

Unknown to anyone on scene, police say the driver robbed a bank on Pearl Road before fleeing the scene of the accident. 

The stolen dye pack had exploded in the car. The suspect confessed to the bank robbery and Ramirez and his girlfriend were given commendation coins for their efforts in not only getting involved, but also for risking their own safety in apprehending the man.

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