Passerby In Santa Ana Intervenes To Stop Attack In Pickup Truck

A passerby who intervened to stop an ongoing rape attempt is being hailed as a hero for rescuing a woman from a pickup truck who was being assaulted. The woman’s mouth had already been covered with duct tape by the attacker.

You never know what you might see on your way to work if you live in a large city. Just ask Taylor O'Neill, who lives in sunny Santa Ana, California.

It seems that O’Neill was on his way to work when he came across a vehicle which was blocking his way.

While he was stopped, he heard weak screams coming from the truck and then he saw the female victim inside the vehicle.

Once he saw what was going on, O'Neill ran over to the truck and attempted to open the door while he banged on the window. Fortunately, the fracas distracted the attacker enough for the 28-year-old woman to be able to open the door and escape.

At that point, the attacker took off in his truck and fled the scene, but O'Neill managed to take a few pics of the white pickup. Moreover, it turns out that these photos eventually led to the arrest of a suspect. The Santa Ana police announced the arrest of 27-year-old Jorge Cruz De Armas the next day.

O'Neill explained his reactions in an interview with local media: “I saw her with her face duct-taped and him on top of her choking her”.

The hero continued with his explanation: “That's when I tried to open the door and banged on the window to get her out of there, get her safe, and deal with him later.”

According to the police report, the victim foolishly got into the car when De Armas offered her a ride.

Almost as soon as she got in the truck, he asked her if she wanted to have sex with him, but she refused.

De Armas next asked her for her phone number, but she refused again, and at that point De Armas allegedly attacked her.

A spokesperson for Santa Ana Police Department noted in a statement: “A Santa Ana man suspected of kidnapping and attempting to sexually assault a 28-year-old woman was arrested in Costa Mesa last night. Santa Ana Police detectives arrested 27-year-old Jorge Cruz De Armas at his workplace after evidence at the crime scene led police to his identity.”

The statement went on: “On Monday at about 4.30pm, De Armas contacted the victim and offered her a ride. The victim accepted the offer and willingly entered his vehicle. Moments later, De Armas asked the victim if she wanted to have sex with him and she refused.”

And elaborated further: “De Armas drove the victim to an alley in the 1600 block of East Palm Street in Santa Ana where he attacked the victim. De Armas began to strangle the victim and covered her mouth with duct tape.”

The police statement about the incident concluded: “A Good Samaritan heard screaming coming from De Armas’s vehicle and quickly approached and interrupted the assault. The Good Samaritan opened the door and rescued the victim. He also took photos of the vehicle as the suspect fled the scene.”

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: KTLA

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