Police release video of Air Force vet assisting take down of criminal on Memorial Day

(warning: video contains strong language)

A Florida man who had reportedly been on a domestic violence rampage was subdued by a US Air Force veteran and law enforcement officers in Pasco County, sources say.

The incident took place on Memorial Day morning, when the family of 20-year-old Jordan Caraballo said he was displaying irrational behavior and acting violently toward them, even breaking a family member’s phone when they tried to call for help.

When Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputy Jessie Larkin arrived on the scene minutes after the 911 call was dispatched, he was ready for anything.

”He just came at me and I thought it’s going to be a big conflict,” he said, describing Caraballo’s initiation of the ensuing scuffle that resulted in Larkin being punched in the chest several times.

That is, until USAF veteran, defensive training instructor and neighbor Ray Johnson stepped in.

Johnson -who had placed the 911 call- is the owner of 77-Alpha, which specializes in risk management and security. He told a local news source that he stepped in because it was the right thing to do.

“I didn’t jump in because the officer needed help. I jumped in to help the officer,” he said. “My training kicked in when I saw somebody resisting arrest. I jumped in to help the officer stop it as fast as possible so it didn’t go south.”

Air Force veteran Ray Johnson (LinkedIn)

Ultimately, Caraballo was subdued and charged with a slew of offenses, including battery on a law enforcement officer.

Jordan Caraballo (Pasco County Sheriff’s Office)

While Johnson is glad he could step in, he said that people need to be ready to help others -in whatever capacity they can- when the time comes to do so.

“Be a good witness,” he said. “If you don’t have training, I don’t recommend you jumping in. You can make the situation worse and get in the officer’s way.”

A Desert Storm veteran, Johnson has over 25 years of experience in the protection and risk mitigation industry, according to his LinkedIn page.

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office went to social media to thank Johnson with the following statement:

“We would like to thank the Good Samaritan, Ray Johnson, who helped one of our deputies with a combative subject. We are grateful for our community support and that you all have our backs when we need you!”

When founding 77-Alpha (Mindset Development Group) he credits his experiences to the success of his company.

“The primary mission here at 77ALPHA is to equip and encourage ordinary citizens with wisdom and knowledge so they can protect and defend themselves and the ones they love,” he wrote. “I have spent the last 25 years learning, training, and teaching others how to survive and win in battle. I credit the US Air Force for creating the man and ultimately the warrior within me.”

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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