Good Samaritan who helped police recognized

A man who helped police officers who were attacked by a suspect in Chinatown was recognized by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and MPD Chief Cathy Lanier Wednesday.

Recognized was Yik Li, a civilian who jumped into a fray between MPD officers and a man with a sharp object.

"Mr. Li's actions were critical and heroic, and for this he is to be commended," Gray said in a statement.

On June 11 in the 800 block of 6th Street NW at about 5 p.m., an MPD officer approached a man who had an open container. The suspect, however, attacked the officer with a sharp object and another officer tried to help the officer.

During the attack, one of the officers protected his firearm while the suspect tried to grab it. Li jumped into the fight and, with another officer, helped pull the suspect off the officer.

The man was eventually taken into custody and charged with assault on a police office while armed.

"Many people in the community help MPD by giving tips, reporting crimes, and providing crucial witness information that leads to arrests and seizures of dangerous people and items," said Lanier in a statement. "We thank Mr. Li for his selfless actions in helping our police officers, and for doing his part to help keep D.C. safe."