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JiuJitsu Instructor tackles suspect after crash

Posted at 11:48 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2021-05-19 14:46:33-04

It was just another night at Dan Camarillio's downtown Bakersfield studio. But this is a JiuJitsu studio.

"I have been training since I was four," said Camarillio. 

Bad place to be spotted, if you're a suspect running from the scene of a high-speed crash, and chase. 

"I grabbed him here and hold this arm tight, and he started to say, 'no no no,'" said Camarillio.

He's describing the moments after taking down a suspect, following a high-speed chase that ended in a crash at 19th and Q Streets around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening. 

Camarillio's students getting a real-life lesson is how JiuJitsu skills can come in handy. "He rolled and I put my weight on him, and i just sat on him pulling his arm tight," said Camarillio. 

The double black-belt instructor heard that crash and went outside, witnesses told him the suspect was running away after crashing into a truck. 

Camarillio trained in JiuJitsu fighting all around the world, knew what to do. "I decided to chase him down, he ran out of gas at the corner of the block, I put him in a hold but he started kind of resisting."

Moments later Camarillio threw him to the ground.

Police now booking that suspect on multiple felony charges.

Camarillio was just happy to be in the right place, at the right time.

"I always tell everybody you never know when you're going to need it."