Police to Honor Man Who Tailed Lee Harvey Oswald

Man led police to Oswald hiding in a theater

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    Texas Theater, 1963.

    Dallas police plan to honor a man who led them to Lee Harvey Oswald's hiding place in a movie theater 48 years ago.

    Dallas Police Chief David Brown will present a Citizen's Certificate of Merit to Johnny Calvin Brewer at a special ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Texas Theatre.

    Police credit Brewer's "keen observation skills and strong sense of civic duty" with helping officers arrest Oswald, who was accused of assassinating President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.

    Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit was also murdered after noticing a man who fit the assassin's description.

    Brewer was working at Hardy's Shoe Store on West Jefferson Boulevard when he heard about the slayings on the radio. He saw a man in the shoe store's foyer acting suspiciously and then and then noticed the man entered the Texas Theater without buying a ticket.

    Brewer followed the man to theater, asked the clerk to call the police and then stood guard outside the theater until officers arrived.

    According to a release by the Dallas Police Department, "Mr. Johnny Calvin Brewer's actions on November 22, 1963, were heroic. At no time did he concern himself with the fact that Lee Harvey Oswald may be armed and possibly involved in the murder of a police officer."

    Brewer's certificate will be presented to him at 2:30 p.m. at the Texas Theater.