Emeryville, CA-An off-duty officer was attacked and choked unconscious by several juveniles after he tried to help a woman that they were assaulting.
The incident occurred Friday outside the Bay Street Mall in Emeryville.
Emeryville police said a woman returned to the mall and confronted a group of teenagers she believed knew the person who had allegedly stolen her cellphone earlier in the day.
The woman asked the teens to give back her phone and the group "became aggressive with the victim and began to assault her," police said in a news release.
Surveillance footage of the incident shows the woman approach the group of teens and grabs one by the arm. The other juveniles shove the woman and surround her.
A man, later identified as an off-duty California Highway patrol officer, tried to help the lady when the juveniles begin fighting him and leave him unconscious.
Police say the officer regained consciousness and pepper-sprayed a teen who was still assaulting him. Police arrested two juveniles for assault.