SANFORD, FL — A herd of cows turned heroic by helping police round up a fleeing carjack suspect who ran through their home turf. Night-vision video of the bovine intervention has gone viral.
Sandford Police say that after a stolen Subaru SUV crashed during a pursuit last Sunday, the driver and one passenger hoofed it through a nearby cow pasture, while another passenger stayed behind in the vehicle.
While running through the field, about 16 cows took off after the passenger, who was later identified as Jennifer Anne Kaufman, 46. The faster and further Kaufman moved, the more cows gave chase, with the final number reportedly exceeding two dozen. One animal got very close to the suspect.
A Seminole County Sheriff’s Office helicopter pilot shot video of the action, and provided officers on the ground with moo-ving commentary. At one point on the tape, the pilot simply says:
“If you see the large group of cows, they’re literally following her and chasing her.”
Eventually, the cows corralled Kaufman to the edge of their pasture, where she hopped through a fence and was greeted by arresting officers. Cops then arrested the driver, Jamie Michael Young, with the help of a police dog.
The cows’ owner, Richard Kondracki, said he’s never seen his animals behave aggressively, but also noted that he didn’t think they had ever seen a stranger running wild through their field before. Kondracki added:
“I think they didn’t realize who they were. They panicked. The cows were nervous. That would make me panic – if all those big cows come running at you. They didn’t know them. They don’t know if they’re there to hurt them or steal one of the babies.”
Police also found 1.3 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia inside the stolen SUV. Kaufman and Young were both charged with trespassing, petit theft, drug possession, and resisting arrest. As for the cows — they got a story to tell their grand-calves.
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Main photos: Cow [Pixabay]; Jennifer Anne Kaufman [Seminole County Sheriff’s Office]