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'Just Stay Behind Me': Virginia Construction Worker Protects Teen From Alleged Abductor

| by Alina Tang

A construction worker was caught in the middle of an intense situation while doing road work on July 16. Kevin Huntington was working on Interstate 95 in northern Virginia when he saw a young woman jump out of a car that had pulled up on the shoulder.

“She came running up to us, and you could tell she was pretty distraught and terrified,” he told WTVR.

The 18-year-old female was frantically running away from her alleged kidnapper after escaping his car that had just pulled on a shoulder near Mile Marker 55. When she saw Huntington, she asked him to call 911 immediately because her alleged abductor, Aaron Berg, had just sexually assaulted her and was trying to kill her, according to WTVR.

Huntington quickly alerted police and offered to protect her.

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“I told her to just stay behind me and I wouldn’t let anything happen to her,” he said.

Thanks to Huntington’s help, Berg never reached the teenage girl. Though he chased after her for a short distance before speeding off in his car, authorities were able to track Berg down and arrest him that same night, NBC reported.

Currently, 28-year-old Berg is being held on charges of felony sodomy, strangulation, assault and battery, abduction with intent to defile, and intentionally destroying property.

The woman was taken to Fairfax Inova Hospital. Huntington says he has not seen her yet, but hopes to visit her and make sure she’s doing well.

Huntington added that despite witnessing hectic incidents on the interstate in the past, he never imagined something like this happening.

“So many things can run through your mind," he said. "But we always watch each other’s back."

He encouraged people to pick up their phone and help somebody if they appear in distress because even a simple act can save a person’s life.

Sources: WTVR, NBC 

Image credit: Screenshot via WTVR