These people are now being praised for their actions by community leaders and the police.
“I noticed him screaming in the background. That’s when he ran after me,” said Wendy, who asked that we only use her first name.
The 28-year-old was sweet and nervous as she talked about what happened to her on Friday afternoon.
This man who was shouting at him suddenly attacked.
Surveillance video used in the police investigation shows Wendy on her back. You can hear his bloody cry for help.
“He grabbed me, started choking me. I couldn’t scream at that because he was choking me and had me on the ground,” Wendy said.
Wendy, who is the mother of a 6-year-old child, thought she was going to die and passed out.
“I was just thinking about my family, my son, praying to God that someone would come see me,” Wendy said.
The video shows a man, not necessarily seeing her, but definitely hearing her screaming for help, running in her direction.
This, police say, spooked the suspect, saying his quick actions “made all the difference”.
“They are lifesavers. I really appreciate it, I don’t know how to thank them for what they did,” Wendy said.
Eyewitness News spoke with the man who heard Wendy scream and rushed to help his neighbor.
He didn’t want to be filmed, fearing for his safety. But says he was put on this earth to help others.
A San Francisco supervisor who developed a public safety plan for his district to combat crimes like this also praised neighbors for taking action.
A statement sent to ABC7 News reads in part: “We commend our neighbors in the Visitacion Valley, who sprang into action to rescue and assist the victim in a timely manner. Our office is committed to assisting the victim and all victims of crime to connect to whatever services they may need as a result of these types of senseless ordeals.”
San Francisco‘s Ingleside station shared footage of the suspect on social media this week and the SFPD confirmed it was considering a potential suspect who is in custody for an unrelated incident, but could not confirm his involvement in the Wendy case.
Wendy, who miraculously was not seriously injured, says until she saves enough to buy a car, she will keep walking. But with caution.
She plans to buy pepper spray for protection from now on and recommends all women to be aware of their surroundings when walking alone.
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