CHICKASHA, Okla. – You usually hear about domestic abuse cases happening behind closed doors. What would you do if you saw a man beating his girlfriend in public?
Shoppers in Chickasaw were faced with that decision Wednesday.
Riding into the Family Video parking lot on his motorcycle, Steve Lial may look tough, but he didn’t come there expecting a fight until he saw the man police say was Jakiree Davis get tough with his girlfriend.
“He was in a crouched position from his side completely turned to her, and he had her mashed with one hand and by the face with the other,” said Lail.
Lail’s riding buddy, Dallas Hayes says he was the man slam the car door repeatedly on the woman’s ankle.
The couple was parked in the lot surrounded by other customers. So what do you do? Several stayed in the stores.
Lail said the first thing through his mind, “My mother.”
His mom suffered abuse just like this.
“I was too young at the time to do anything about it,” said Lail.
Now, he’s not.
“Instantaneously, once I realized what was going on, I knew I was going to stop it.”
He and Hayes ran out of the family video.
“I ran outside, just jerked the door open, pulled him by his pants and pulled him out in the parking lot,” said Lail.
“He snapped, and I snapped,” said Hayes. “We did what we had to do.”
When matched up against men, police say Davis ran away.
Inside the video store, Lisa Bowen jumped for the phone to call police.
“It’s fight or fight or flight, andIi think I was raised to fight more than run,” said Bowen.
Police say it’s a touchy situation. Domestic abuse cases can be dangerous, even deadly.
Before driving away, Lail told us what drove him to go so far for the woman he didn’t even know.
“That is wrong,” said Lail. “I don’t want this in my community, whether it’s drugs or whatever problem you have in your community, step up don’t complain, step up.”
Police say the girlfriend decided not to press charges against Davis. They can still arrest him for the abuse, and the District Attorney can press charges.
If you know where he is, call Crime Stoppers at (405) 224-8477. You could get a cash reward if you help police find him.