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David Roth, White House lawyer, chases down suspect

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David Roth is a 32-year-old White House lawyer. He’s the senior adviser to the deputy U.S. Trade representative in the executive office of the president. Monday night, neighbors say he was a hero.

David Roth is being hailed as a hero. (Photo: WJLA)

It was 8:30 p.m. on Q Street in Northwest. According to the police report, two teenagers attacked a 27-year-old man as he was walking back from 7-Eleven.

The 6-foot-6 lawyer had just arrived home from picking up carry out food.

“Instinctively, I just threw down the food that I was carrying and saw two or three guys coming down the street sprinting,” Roth says.

Just a couple of weeks ago, he says a close friend was beat up close by. He says the memory of that was still fresh in his mind.

As Roth raced down the street, he says he reached out and caught one suspect by his collar.

Other residents rushed out of their homes and a number of the neighbors called 911.

Police arrived in minutes and the teenage suspect was put in handcuffs. Word of Roth's decision to act was met with gratitude from neighbors.

Roth was described by residents and acquaintances as possibly a former linebacker, basketball player, and even rugby player.

But Roth says ping pong is his sport.

And as to what his big boss might say about him chasing down an assault suspect?

“He'd probably say it was pretty stupid,” Roth says.

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