Young man rebuilding his life forms bond with cop who first arrested him


AVON, In. (CBS) — More than six years ago, Rameil Pitamber was a 17-year-old honor student struggling with the death of his father.

“I was lost. I had a lot to prove. And I felt like to prove it, I had to be tough,” Pitamber said, adding “I was a follower, and one poor decision led to the next.”

He robbed a Little Caesars at gunpoint with the help of a friend who worked there. He was arrested, convicted of felony armed robbery and criminal confinement, and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

“I didn’t believe it. I just started crying immediately,” said Pitamber’s mother, Daphne Harris. “My son, robbin’ someone […] that just wasn’t his character.”

Brian Nugent, the deputy police chief in Avon, Indiana, was the officer who arrested Pitamber. He remembers the arrest well, and said that Pitamber was “memorable.”  

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