Hanford police help man fake arrest, pop the question

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A traffic stop in Hanford ended in a surprise proposal. 

Jamicia Johnson watched her boyfriend, Princeton Jones, being pulled over and handcuffed Thursday, but police were in on it. They helped him take her by surprise and pop the question.

Everyone involved said it was a spur of the moment plan. Jones had just bought the ring and knew he wanted to do something special. So, he went to the police station. “I was like ‘I’m trying to do this big proposal I need your help,'” he said. 

Mark Carrillo a Hanford police officer was happy to help. 

“We devised a little plan and I told him ‘Hey, I’ll pull you over,’ and he goes ‘Well I have really loud music in my car I can bump my music,'” Carillo said.

Jones said he’s known for his loud music, so when he drove toward a family gathering everyone heard him coming, but did not expect what they saw..

“As soon as he turned the corner we hit the lights and sirens on him walked up and played off the traffic stop,” Carrillo said. 

“I was walking to him everyone is like ‘Hold on hold on. It’s the police,’ and I’m like ‘Oh my God, what the heck is going on? What did he do?,'” Johnson said. 

“I said ‘He’s got some warrants out for his arrest so he’s going to be going with us tonight,'” Carrillo said. “I told him ‘I’m pretending to handcuff you. Then I got the ring out of his pocket and I put it in his hand.”

Johnson thought her boyfriend was heading to jail.

“I just walk up to him and he gets down on his knee, and I freaked out. My heart started pounding and it was amazing. It was the best thing ever,” Johnson said. 

Carrillo was happy to be a part of the special moment.

“Police officers are not all bad. We like to have fun and joke around like everybody else. When he came up with this idea I was like ‘Yeah, cool, so I called my buddies to get two cars out there and make it even more of a show,” he said.

The couple is also thankful for Officer Carrillo and the Hanford Police Department for making it a memorable night.

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