Four friends were spending their evening at the Chinook Mall’s underground skate parkade when something peculiar happened. The boys noticed a well-dressed man carrying a very young, highly intoxicated woman over his shoulders. The four noticed she appeared to be in extreme distress and confronted the man.
“She was screaming and yelling. She just wanted to be out of there. She was all scuffed up and dirty,” said Carsyn Wright.
The suspicious man made claims that he was he was in the process of calling the girl’s father to come pick her up. They still felt strange about the situation, but let him pass with the girl.
“You don’t want to really think of the worst in somebody like that. You don’t want that situation to be real, so you just brush it off and hope for the best,” Wright said.
Almost immediately after he left, the boys noticed the man veer off into a dark stairwell with the young woman. It was then that they knew something was very wrong. The four took action.
As they ran to the stairwell, they found the man assaulting the girl.
“You walk in, and you see something like that, and you freeze. You don’t know what to do,” said Arnaud Nimeny, who recalled the initial shock he experienced when he saw what was happening to the young woman.
When the man saw the boys, he fled. They weren’t going to let the man get away that easily and chased him down, eventually catching and holding him until police arrived and made an arrest.
The four young men recently received an award from Chief Const. Roger Chaffine at the Chief Awards Gala in recognition for their exceptional bravery.
“I hope that anybody else that’s in that situation would come to help her,” said Wright, claiming that their actions were not brave but the humane and ethical thing to do.