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U of A grad student and pastor humble about citizen’s arrest
Julia Parrish, CTV Edmonton
Published Thursday, January 31, 2013 12:48PM MST
Last Updated Thursday, January 31, 2013 6:26PM MST
Days after they were caught on camera tackling and holding a man suspected of recording a woman in a public washroom – the two Good Samaritans have been identified as a Spruce Grove pastor and a PhD student.
On Wednesday evening, CTV News identified the second man involved in Tuesday’s arrest as Danny Aceytuno, a U of A PhD student in the biochemistry department.
“I just heard the screams and he started, I saw the fellow running,” Aceytuno said in an interview with CTV News Wednesday evening. “I didn’t know what was going on, but it seemed wrong, and it seemed like he was running for not good reasons, so I took off after him.”
The student, who also volunteers at the U of A Hospital where the incident happened, said he was the first to catch up with the man, and get him on the ground.
“Luckily when he hit the first door, that slowed him down a bit,” Aceytuno said. “Then, when he hit the second door that slowed him down enough for me to grab him and it was at that moment that I grabbed him and took him down to the ground.”
Aceytuno said after police arrived, he was able to hand over the suspect’s cell phone to officers.
“I picked up the phone, and handed it to security – so I asked the volunteer if that’s what he had been recording with and she said yes,” Aceytuno said.
Earlier Wednesday, the other man was identified as Spruce Grove pastor Michael MacIntyre, who had been visiting a member of his congregation in the hospital at the time.
Police have laid charges against Scott Raymond Gagne, 28 – he’s facing one count of voyeurism, and one count of failing to comply with a probation order.
A police spokesperson said Wednesday that the accused had allegedly been recording video of a woman, who thought she was alone in the public washroom, from another stall.
“Allegedly, the accused was on the floor in the next stall, filming up at her,” EPS Spokesperson Scott Pattison said.
Officers credited MacIntyre and Aceytuno with assisting in the arrest.
However, both men told CTV News they never expected to be recognized for their actions.
“There was no real thought process, except just looking at him and realizing he was running from something, because he had done something wrong,” Aceytuno said.
“I’m just a pastor,” Michael MacIntyre said. “I think I did what anybody would do, I just had a sense of something needs to be done, and I was there to do it.”
After the incident, both Good Samaritans said they checked on the woman who first discovered the suspect in the public washroom - they said she was alright.
However, an Edmonton psychologist said voyeurism can have serious consequences on the victim – even though it’s one of the less dangerous sexual crimes.
“That can lead to all kinds of post-traumatic distress,” Psychologist Leslie Block said. “[Along with] symptoms of anxiety, depression.”
“One should never take for granted that this is just a minor incident, it’s not a minor thing.”
Block said such cases can become especially difficult for the victims, if they’re called to testify in court.
The pair of Good Samaritans has yet to meet again since the incident, but MacIntyre said Wednesday that he would like to meet his partner in the citizen’s arrest, and buy him a coffee.
As for the accused, Gagne appeared in court for a second time Thursday; his case was put over until Feb. 7.
If he's convicted, Gagne could face a sentence of six months in jail, and a fine of up to $2,000.
With files from Bill Fortier