What would you do? What would most people do when you see a couple arguing by a bus stop? It’s unfortunate, but most would just walk on by. Fortunately, Malyk Bonnet, a 17-year-old, didn’t and now the woman owes her life to his courage and good judgement.
Laval, Quebec police are calling 17-year-old Malyk Bonnet a hero after he went to extraordinary lengths to aid the escape of a woman who had been abducted by her ex-boyfriend earlier this month, the CBC reported.
“Now I realize what I did and wow… it’s really awesome. I mean, I saved a life!” Bonnet said with a laugh to a CBC reporter.
Laval police have used Facebook to thank Bonnet, who they consider to be a hero.
Officers said Bonnet helped a woman who had been kidnapped by her ex-partner. Officers said they had been looking for the woman for 12 hours and that there was reason to believe her life was in danger.
Teen praised for rescuing woman:
“The guy was screaming at her, the girl. He wasn’t really gentle with her, and I started watching, because I thought he would hit her, so I approached them a little bit,” Bonnet said in the interview.
The couple asked for money so they could take the bus to Laval. Bonnet could tell something was not right, so he agreed. He went to a convenience store where he got some money out to give to them. When Bonnet had a moment alone with the woman, who seemed to be terrified, “The girl was saying: ‘Please help me. He don’t want to let me go. I want to go home, but he don’t want to let me go.'”
Bonnet said it was then he decided he had to help. Even though he lived in Montreal, he told the couple he lived in Laval and would accompany them on the bus. As he rode with the couple and made friendly conversation with the man, he was waiting for his opportunity to call the police. Bonnet had no idea at the time, but the police were already looking for the couple.
“My plan was to keep them in a public place, where there’s a lot of people. I decided to make myself friendly with the man, so he would trust me. So I played my game,” Bonnet said.
Laval police Lt. Daniel Guérin said: “We were looking for a 29-year-old woman who was kidnapped by her former boyfriend earlier that day, and we believed that man was very dangerous.”
Unfortunately, Bonnet’s cell phone died, and he needed to find a way to make contact with the authorities. After they arrived in Laval, Bonnet offered to buy the couple a meal and even gave them $50 for food. While in the restaurant, Bonnet pretended to go to the restroom and used another customer’s cell phone to call the police, reported IJReview.
“My mom is so proud of me,” said Bonnet. ‘She bought like eight Journals. She’s like, I’m going to show them to your kids one day.”
Well done to this fine citizen. Let’s hope there are more people like him. The time of ignoring things should stop, and the time for caring should begin.