Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | NEWS
Teen Good Samaritans step in on domestic
Heroes or reckless?
Greg Marsten | Staff writer
LUCK – They are both young teen women, small in stature, but huge in bravery and empathy, as their story proves.
But sadly, due to serious concerns over their safety, they must remain unnamed. While their real names cannot be included, their story is one worth hearing, and is likely to evoke opinions on all sides, as they both admit.
In an interview last week, the two young women outlined an incident that occurred on April 22 outside Luck that put them both in the middle of a full-blown domestic-violence situation.
School authorities confirm, and the two girls themselves fear possible retribution from the man who threatened them, struck their vehicles and generally made them fear for their lives.
“He did freak out and kick my car,” stated “Daisy,” the student who first stopped when she saw something unusual.
Daisy said she was driving home that afternoon on Hwy. 48 when she saw a car pulled over and two dogs run across the road, like they were running loose.
“The little dog was pretty scared, he practically jumped into my car!” Daisy said, stating that a man on the scene seemed very, very upset, and came back to her car, pounding on the side windows. “I thought I would be kidnapped!”
Daisy locked her doors and called 911. The dispatcher stayed on the phone with her to get details. Daisy said that was when she saw the other young woman, “Blossom,” drive by and see the ruckus.
“I saw the commotion, thought it was kids playing, and then I saw two people fighting,” Blossom said, adding that she also called 911 and gave them license plate numbers, descriptions and other details.
Daisy said a woman who was involved then drove up beside her car and asked for the dog back, but the upset man got between the cars and again banged on her car.
Blossom saw something was up and pulled around, which is when she said she saw the man beating on the cars and also said she saw the man reach in and hit the woman driving the car in question.
“It looked like she had a black eye and he was trying to grab the kids,” Blossom said, noting the man then went to a nearby house, possibly to retrieve something. “That’s when she (the female victim) asked to put the kids in my car.”
Blossom pointed out that it was a beautiful day out and her windows were all open, as was her sunroof. She took the two small children into her car and told them stay down low in the backseat, so as not to be seen.
“The woman told me to leave now, before I get hurt,” Blossom said. “But then he came right back.”
The incident went even further as the man tried to get the estranged wife to give him the children, but they were no longer in the victim’s car.
“Yeah, then he came back, banged on her windows, but the kids weren’t in there,” Blossom said. “I had the kids in my backseat. He finally stopped beating on the car.”
That was when Blossom said the man did something very bizarre and telling.
“He just ripped his T-shirt off, like he was the Incredible Hulk or something!” Blossom said with a grin, adding that the man appeared to give up and then started walking down the road, toward a wooded area off the highway, which is when the police showed up in force.
“It seemed like forever before they got there,” Daisy said.
Blossom directed the authorities to the man, while also transferring the two young children to another car.
Blossom said she talked with the female victim about the incident and what was going on that led to the outburst. She said the woman told her that the man had been “beating her for four years,” and she was making a getaway while he was in the shower, but that he tried to drive them away, and had even dragged the woman down the road as she tried to retrieve the youngsters.
Both Daisy and Blossom said they were afraid for their safety and for the kids and animals, but they were confident that by stopping, calling police and even intervening, they may have prevented even more violence.
“I think she would’ve gotten hurt,” Blossom said. “Or he might have hurt the kids.”
“Would I do it again? Yep,” Daisy said.
Blossom concurred and said she is pretty confident that the man in question “wasn’t all there,” and may have had additional issues.
Both young women say the incident left them fearing for their lives, but that they were right to intervene, even though their parents and several friends have told them otherwise.
“Some people thought we were crazy for stopping,” Daisy said, noting that it was a fine line between heroism and foolishness.
“Yeah, some people have praised us for doing what we did, others think it was dangerous,” Blossom said. “But yeah, I’d do it again. No question.”
The Leader is not yet naming the man in question, although charges of disorderly conduct are pending. His preliminary hearing is set for next month, and the female victim has filed civil court orders, including for divorce.
The criminal complaint does not mention the actions of the two young Good Samaritans, but multiple sources have confirmed their involvement and their recollection of the whole incident is eerily similar.
Both of the young women say they don’t want any credit or rewards, but they want people to know that just looking the other way is not the right thing to do.
“I wish I could get the dents fixed on my car,” Daisy said with a shrug. “But I guess it could have been a lot worse!”
“A lot worse!” Blossom concurred. “It could have been a funeral ...”