New York Mayoral Candidate Captures Armed Suspect

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Fred Parker campaign speech interrupted by armed protestor. Suspect caught and held for police by candidate.

What began Wednesday morning as the first post-primary speech for independent New York City mayoral candidate, Judge Fred Parker, ended in a melee that left the candidate slightly injured and one suspect under arrest.

The incident occurred at the Midtown headquarters of the Parker Foundation, a youth organization devoted to at-risk children. According to Sara Foster, the candidate's campaign manager, the event was organized as a fundraiser. About a dozen children were on hand for the ceremonies.

Witnesses say several "political extremists" hurled objects at the candidate soon after he took the podium. One unidentified boy was hit in the face by flying debris, but was not hurt.

Judge Parker immediately attempted to intervene and was assisted by supporters. A clash ensued, lasting several minutes before one of the suspects allegedly drew a concealed weapon.

In what can only be described as heroic, Parker subdued the man and held him for police. The suspect was taken into custody and his identity has not been made public.

Parker has served 15 years on the bench and started his foundation in 1995 in an effort to help the city's neediest citizens, the young. The Parker clubs have since branched out to all five boroughs and are credited with reducing local juvenile crime by 53%.

The Judge's efforts have earned him a reputation as the "Angel on My Shoulder Candidate."

"I never set out to be an angel," Parker said. "As a kid growing up on the streets of New York, I had a devil of a time getting to where I am now. I understand that juvenile delinquency is not a matter of bad kids or good kids, but rather a matter of bad conditions and good conditions. While it seems to me that Mayor Bloomberg's agenda benefits only the wealthy, I want to reach out across all socio-economic lines."

The Parker for Mayor campaign website can be found at http://www.angelonmyshoulder.net.

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