A homeless Washington D.C. man was looking for a place to sleep on Tuesday when he came across an attempted rape and immediately intervened.
Ketrell Ferguson reported that he heard screams and noticed a struggle around 3:30 a.m. At first, he thought it was a robbery. However, when he approached, he found 23-year-old Alemen Gonzalo attempting to rape a woman.
According to police, Gonzalo had offered a woman money for sex. When she refused, he reportedly tried to rape her behind a bus stop.
Ferguson said that some of his relatives had been raped, so he felt he had to take action. In response, he picked up half a brick and a stick.
“As soon as he lifted his head up, I smacked him with the stick hard as I could in his head,” Ferguson told NBC Washington. “He fell off the lady, stumbled and I smacked him again and I just kept smacking him with the stick as hard as I could.”
Police found the suspect around 4:40 a.m. bleeding from the head.
“Even though I’m going through hard times, God put in me in a place where I could help,” Ferguson said. “I was at the right place at right time.”
Gonzalo was later charged with assault and the intent to commit first degree sexual abuse.