A Chinese food craving is a powerful thing — just ask Officer Jason Inacio of the Newark Police Department.
He was able to use a simple offer of Chinese takeout to help coax a man out of his apartment bedroom, where he was reportedly threatening to cut his own throat with a knife on Saturday.
“He said he was hungry,” Inacio told NJ.com. “And wanted Chinese food.”
Cops had been negotiating with the 38-year-old man for roughly 20 minutes before Inacio came up with the idea to grab him some takeout.
“We gave someone $20 and I told him, ‘I’ll let you eat on the way to the hospital,’” Inacio recalled. “We just wanted to figure out where he was coming from and reassure him. The only reason we’re there is to help him and try to comfort him.”
A family member reportedly grabbed the food — described as “a hearty” chicken and broccoli bowl — and delivered it to the man.
“Look, you see it right there,” Inacio can be heard saying on video captured through his bodycam, as he shows the man a bag of food. “I promised you that, right? So come on…I’ll let you eat it on the way.”
The man eventually agreed to drop the knife and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance soon after.
“I like to always keep my promises,” Inacio said. “If I promise something, I want to follow through with my promise. And in this case, I promised him the Chinese food if he came with us.”