A Good Samaritan who exposed a man caught filming up women’s skirts was stabbed in an apparent revenge attack.
Gerardo Cruz Barquero, 22, shamed a Costa Rican Ministry of Finance employee for filming up a woman’s dress in San Jose, Costa Rica, and his video of the confrontation quickly went viral.
“Sir, are you having a good time filming the young woman?” Barquero asked the man.
“I would stop following me if you don’t want problems,” the man responded.
The Ministry of Finance subsequently confirmed that the man was, indeed, a government employee and that they were considering disciplinary action.
Days after the confrontation, Barquero was mysteriously attacked in the San Sebastian district of San Jose — stabbed once in the abdomen and once near his heart. He is currently in intensive care and fighting for his life.
Many have now speculated that the attack was revenge for the public shaming of the Ministry of Finance employee.
“He is in a critical condition,” Barquero’s aunt said of her nephew’s condition. "They performed open-heart surgery and he is now in intensive care. The doctors have not told us anything else.”
Barquero, who has a daughter, learned after his video of the confrontation went public that a police investigation against him was being considered on the grounds of breach of privacy.
“I really don't understand this country and how a good person can become a villain in a matter of seconds,” he responded to the news. “How is it possible that I'm invading the privacy of a man who's filming a young woman's private parts?”