MONTREAL, CANADA — A man was screaming at a woman in a parking lot in Montreal, when 17-year-old Malyk Bonnet noticed the domestic dispute.
It was Aug. 1, 2015.
Bonnet could have kept walking, but he followed his gut feeling and interrupted the altercation. What happened next could have saved the woman’s life.
“The guy was screaming at her, the girl,” Bonnet told CBC News. “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.”
The couple asked Bonnet if he could lend them money for bus fares to a city about 25 miles away.
Bonnet said he felt uneasy about the situation. But instead of walking away, he joined them. Bonnet told the couple he was actually on his way to the same city (which was not the case) and he got on the bus with them.
“My plan was to keep them in a public place where he wouldn’t hurt her,” Bonnet told Dateline NBC. “I decided to be friendly with the man and have him think I was his friend. I played my game and he seemed to trust me.”
Once the trio arrived at their destination, Bonnet suggested they grab a bite to eat together. At the restaurant, he gave the pair $50 for food and excused himself to use the restroom.
Finally having the opportunity, he called the police and told them “someone had been kidnapped.”
Officers arrived minutes later.
Police informed Bonnet they were already searching for the man and his victim. Police said the man had kidnapped his ex-girlfriend just hours before Bonnet approached them.
“We were looking for a 29-year-old woman who was kidnapped by her former boyfriend earlier that day,” Laval police Lt. Daniel Guérin told CBC News. “We believed that man was very dangerous.”
Reports say the suspect had already been to jail for assaulting his ex and sending her death threats.
Bonnet said that while he didn’t talk to the woman after police arrived, he could see how relieved she was.
“We made eye contact and she had tears in her eyes. She was really happy,” Bonnet said.