Disabled Woman Helps Stop Attack At Illinois Library

| by Sean Kelly

A disabled woman helped to stop a man from attacking a woman at a library in Rock Island, Illinois.

Nikki Clark said she was using a computer at the Rock Island Public Library on Aug. 3 when she suddenly heard somebody screaming for help. Though she was unable to intervene physically due to her disability, Clark began yelling and taking photos to have documentation of the attack.

“I knew the story was so unbelievable, I just wanted to have his face,” she said. "I’m a victim of crime myself, and I know that evidence is the most important thing to get somebody sent to jail, and so I needed evidence for her.” 

Clark later posted the photos on her Facebook page, where they quickly went viral. The photos were shared more than 700 times since they were first posted this week. She said she hopes it will send a message to other women to be more aware of their surroundings, and encourage more people to do the right thing in similar situations.

“We think it’s not going to happen to us, but it can,” she said. "And it can happen in places that we feel safe.

“If it was my daughter screaming for help, I would want somebody to immediately run and help her. I guess I just want people to step up and do the right thing, not be so desensitized to the violence that we can’t even come to a scream for help.”

The alleged attacker, 33-year-old Zohir Mohamed-Mustafa, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery. He is being held on $25,000 bond.

Sources: ABC 7 Chicago, WQAD / Photo credit: