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An Oklahoma policeman found it in his heart to allow a man to propose to his girlfriend before arresting him Friday.

Miami Newsday reported that Justin Harrel, 32, was about to propose to Elaina Rios in Elk City during the Christmas in the Park Festival when policeman Steve Bonds recognized him from warrants issued for Harrel’s arrest. Brietbart stated that the warrants for Harrel are for unspecified charges in Washita and Greer Counties.

Harrel reportedly asked Bonds to give him a few minutes before he was hauled off. Bonds even handed the ring to Rios as Harrel was already in handcuffs by this point, which Bonds refused to remove.

Harrel is currently in county jail.

The bride-to-be, for her part, accepted Harrel’s proposal and is standing by her man.

“We're best friends. He completes me. He's my rock and I'm his rock. Everybody thinks he's a bad guy and he's not,” she said.

While waiting for Harrel’s release, Rios plans to get her new ring re-sized because it is too small.

Bonds was praised for allowing Harrel to propose by his police chief Eddie Holland.

“(It’s) Christmas time. People have lives, and we help them our best to live those lives,’ Holland said.


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