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Good Samaritan Thwarts Kidnapping

| by Sheena Vasani

A good Samaritan in California thwarted what could have been a deadly kidnapping on July 29.

An unidentified woman, around 18 years old, was walking down a Pasadena street at night when an early 2000s model white Dodge Ram pickup truck appeared, reports KABC.

"One of the passengers got out of the pickup truck, approached her from behind, grabbed her [by] the hair, pulled her down to the ground and attempted to drag her to the truck," Lt. William Grisafe said.

"While he was attempting to grab and drag her to the truck, he told her he had a gun and not to say anything," Grisafe added.

However, the woman defied his orders and screamed.

Her cries for help quickly grabbed the attention of a good Samaritan nearby, who ran to rescue her.

The suspect let go of the young woman and drove onto the westbound 210 Freeway.

The victim was left relatively unscathed.

"She's back home," said Grisafe. "She's fine, a little shaken up by the whole situation, but she is fine at this point. She had some minor scratches to her elbows and knees while being dragged."

Authorities are now on the hunt for the suspect.

Those with further information are asked to call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4501.

Many are praising both the good Samaritan and the woman for her quick thinking.

"Good for her that she fought even though he threatened her with a weapon," wrote one person on KABC's Facebook page.

"Thankfully there are still good people like this man who rushed to her rescue," added another. "Thank you so much Sir. I'd so wish there would more heroes like you. :)"

It wasn't the only good Samaritan story to come out of California that weekend.

Many are praising Luis Zamudio, a grocery store clerk, for rescuing an elderly woman from her burning home on July 28, KHTK reports.

"When they told me Grandma was in there, everything faded away, and I was like, 'OK I gotta find Grandma,'" recalled Zamudio.

“I scooped her up, and we both made our way out of the house," he added. "Once I hit the hallway though, the smoke got even more suffocating; I didn’t think we were gonna make it at that point, but [we] did it."

While many brand him a hero now, Zamudio doesn't see himself as one.

"I wouldn’t say, hero, just a guy who showed up [and] had the opportunity to help," he said.

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