1. Not Such A Normal Day
It was a typical evening at the Calgary skate park, Alberta, Canada. Four teenagers were having a good time practicing their tricks in the underground parking garage of the skate park. It was getting late, though, and the boys planned to go home. But as they were leaving, they noticed something suspicious that stopped them in their tracks.
2. Strange Trio
They saw a distraught young girl and two much older men crossing the grass heading to the parking garage. The girl seemed obviously intoxicated or somehow impaired, and one of the men acted quite aggressively towards her. It wasn’t this behaviour that aroused suspicion in the teenagers, it was something else about the girl that did.
3. She Was Screaming And Yelling
The boys heard the girl screaming and yelling. Apparently, she was desperate to get out of there. The scene concerned the four teens. They began to feel uneasy about her situation and her relationship with the men. They decided to approach them and figure out what was going on there.
4. An Airtight Explanation
The taller of the two barely hesitated and told the boys he was the girl’s father. He said that her daughter had drunk too much at a house party and that he wanted to take her home. The girl didn’t scream for help or contradict the man, so the boys had to let them go. However, something wasn’t quite right about the situation.
5. An Eerie Feeling
It was getting darker, and the boys started to make their way home. However, they couldn’t help but talk about the situation. Although the man had given a reasonable explanation and the girl hadn’t disagreed with the man, they had a gut instinct that something was off. Was it possible that the girl hadn’t responded because she couldn’t? The man who had claimed to be her father seemed extremely confident and arrogant. Would a father behave that way? Then, when they looked back at the trio, they noticed a disturbing detail that made them doubt everything they had heard.
6. No Way It Could Be Real
The girl seemed to be arguing with the taller man, and the man suddenly hoisted her up over his shoulder as if she was a bag of potatoes. She was resisting, but it was futile. Then more and more questions started to pop into the boys’ minds. Did the three really know each other? What had really happened just now? How could they be 100% sure that the man was not lying? A sense of foreboding suddenly hit them all - something dangerous may be going on there. They hurried back and hoped they were not too late to stop it.
7. Not There
One of the teenagers, Carsyn Wright said, “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.” When the teens were back to the place where they saw the trio, they were no longer there. The boys decided to go inside the parking garage to search for them.
8. Searching For Clues
There were no security guards on duty at that time, which meant the underground lot was the perfect place to stay hidden. Unfortunately, the men knew this, too. The boys quickened their pace to look for them. But after a few minutes, they still couldn’t find them. Finally, they made their way to the entrance of the stairwell, and all four prayed that the trio would not be there and that they could all return home with clean consciences. However, what they saw next proved them all totally wrong.
9. An Unbelievable Discovery
Nervously and carefully, the boys opened the door and walked to the stairwell. They rounded the corner only to find the trio were right there in front of them. However, they were startled by what they had found. The two men were assaulting the girl. The scene was much worse than they could have ever imagined. Their instincts told them to run, but they couldn’t just leave the girl to her fate. They had to do something.
10. Taking Action
Arnaud Nimenya, one of the four boys, admitted that at first, he “didn’t know what to do.” But soon, the four snapped out of their shock, and they tried to separate the men from the girl. The men, of course, were furious and unprepared to be interrupted. Little did the boys know who they were dealing with.
11. Assessing The Situation
Caught on the scene, the two men tried to run away from the situation. Nimenya claimed that “He [the taller man] pushed me aggressively out of the way, kinda like just gives me the smile, like, ‘I can do this. You can’t do anything about it.’” The boys couldn’t stand by and let them get away like that.
12. Chasing Criminals
As the men were leaving the parking lot, they saw three of the boys running after them. One boy stayed behind with the poor girl. The men tried to outrun the boys, but the boys sprinted to catch up with them. Finally, the men had nowhere to run and decided to fight. The taller man ripped a skateboard from one of the boys and tried to use it as a bludgeon to keep them away. However, the boys still didn’t give up and ended up in a physical fight with the man. They had no idea that an officer was only a few feet away.
13. Police Intervention
Before the men could do serious harm to the boys, the officer ran out of his car and wrestled the man to the ground. But the other man escaped.
14. Going Home
After seeing the police, the teens instinctively ran. They then gathered in the parking lot and found their friend comforting the girl who had just gone through the harrowing experience. After making sure the girl was safe and sound and had made her way back to her family, the boys went home. They did not know that they had just fought against a notorious gang leader and that their ordeal was not over yet. They soon started to get phone calls.
15. The Fear Of Trouble
The teens thought they would be in serious trouble for fighting against the man. The phone calls kept coming, but they were too afraid to answer. What if the calls were from the man or his accomplice? Meanwhile, they knew they couldn’t avoid the calls forever. They had to face the consequences of their actions. Finally, they picked up the phone.
16. The Real Identity Of The Attackers
It turned out that the call was from the officer who wanted to thank them for their brave actions. Unfortunately, the boys had misunderstood, thinking instead that they’d get in trouble for the fight. The officer told them the man arrested was a key figure in a local gang that was notorious for unsavory dealings, including murder. The boys couldn’t imagine what dark fate the girl would have suffered if she had not been rescued. Actually, the police had been trying to catch the man for months but had never succeeded.
17. Spilling The Beans
When the man arrested was taken into custody and interrogated, he spilled all the details on his fellow gang members, from addresses to a list of crimes. The officer had finally found a way to deal with the gang that plagued Calgary, all thanks to four brave teens! But how would the police repay their heroes?
The officer invited the four boys to the Chief’s Awards Gala in honor of their contributions to Calgary and to the young girl they had saved. What they did was an incredibly brave act. It takes a lot of courage to stand up to any adult who is bigger and much more powerful than you, let alone two. All four said they hoped anyone else faced with the same situation would have done the same. Besides, they now knew they should trust their instincts next time.