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Cop's curfew check becomes good deed for Phoenix teen

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PHOENIX -

A police officer asked a teenager walking around late at night if he was out after curfew. What happened next moved the officer to tears, and prompted her to help.

Police pulled over this teen to see if he was underage. But since 18-year-old Cristian Felix was not doing anything wrong, he was given a courtesy ride home.

"It's really not a safe area, there were no residential homes or businesses. It was kind of desolate out there so I asked if he wanted a ride, he said sure," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Natalie Simonick.

Cristian walks to his job at a fast food restaurant -- a total of six miles each way – because there are no buses running during those late hours.

"I asked him if ever had a bicycle, cause that's a little safer than walking. He said he's never ridden a bike before."

The officer was so impressed with his work ethic and initiative, she decided to give him a bicycle.

"Later I talked to my husband about teaching this young man how to ride a bike and I had an extra bike at home. We brought him to the precinct and taught him how to ride the bike in a parking lot."

"It's really something when someone comes up on the street and then offers to do a kindness for you," says Cristian.

Cristian is grateful to receive a bicycle so he can get to work -- not to mention the lessons on how to ride it.

"It's great I've never had an actual bike before, now I just want to ride it all the time."

Now he's busy practicing so he'll be ready to ride his way into work.

"These days you don't see anything like that."


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