When you notice that someone else is in danger, you can either intervene, call for help or simply ignore the situation. Most people would assume the best thing to do would be either the first or the second, however, it’s not always the case. Circumstances similar to these would trigger our flight or fight mode, however many individuals often choose to run but for these brave teenagers, it was completely the opposite.
Just Another Day
Starlyn Rives-Perez, Carsyn Wright, Arnaud Nimenya, and James Hielema were enjoying their weekend while hanging out at the skate park. The four teenage boys got together in the underground parking garage for a night full of skating fun. As the sun started to set and the night was coming to an end, the Canadian adolescents decided it was time to call it a night.
As they spotted something a bit peculiar they decided to stick around a bit longer. They noticed a girl and two older men nearing the parking garage. They immediately noticed how distressed and upset she seemed. Besides their biggest question was why were the men so aggressive with her?
In the beginning, she was walking ahead of the men. But then changed when the men noticed there were other people in the area. The teenagers definitely were alarmed about what was going on even though nothing really happened, yet…
Stop To Check
As things seemed to not be getting any better, the teens lingered around to see what would come of the situation. What exactly made them start to worry? Did they simply have a gut feeling or was there something more to it?
She Was Yelling
According to one of the teenage boys, “She was screaming and yelling.” Carsyn Wright added, “You could definitely tell she didn’t want to be there.” The skaters started to suspect something was a bit shady after seeing the way she was reacting. What was going on?
They Were Intimidated
“The older men were nicely dressed… yet the girl that was with them was dirty and rugged, she was crying and top of that her nose was bleeding,” said Wright. The boys instantly started to pay more attention and eventually went up to the men and asked for an explanation.
Although the teens outnumbered the men they still felt very threatened. Anyway, it was quite dark to see how strong these men actually were. The bigger one out of the two men answered their question…claiming to be her father.
Had To Trust Them
Once they somewhat understood what was going on, they backed off. They thought perhaps she was the moment the teens spotted her. She did not ask for help or seem like she was in grave danger so they felt no reason to intervene further.
After all, it was getting quite late, so they agreed to go home. They picked up their skateboards began to head out. They decided to trust the men as they felt there wasn’t really a reason not to. Were they correct….?
Nighttime In Calgary
As they began walking home, they still had a feeling of uncertainty. Perhaps something was really wrong. Despite this, they could not help but feel that there was something wrong here. Although Calgary is considered to be a safe area, they didn’t let this reasoning get in the way of what they initially thought. They didn’t want to accuse the men of being liars but they really were beginning to think otherwise.
It was very evident that the girl was intoxicated. However the more the young boys thought about it, the more they believed that the girl was really in danger. They then thought about going back to where they saw her, they felt bad for just leaving.
The man who had initially spoken to the teens came across as quite domineering and very confident, especially when he said he was her father. But why was he so arrogant? They immediately thought….no father would have behaved that way!
“She was all shabby and in a total mess,” Carsyn explained. It did not look as though things were right between the men and the girl. They then saw one of the men throw the girl over his shoulders like a bag of potatoes!
They Had To Know
There was no doubt that she was trying to resist….this was the point at which the skaters charged their minds. They knew they would be able to forgive themselves if something worse would come out of it. They were determined to know that nothing was wrong.
The situation really seemed bizarre, they even started to wonder if the group knew each other. And anyways, what were they doing in the parking lot, especially at this hour of the night?
Running To Help
Something disastrous was going on here, and they knew it. As they finally raced back to the garage and prayed that it was not too late for them, they knew time was of the essence and they needed to do whatever they could!
As soon as Wright said, “You don’t want to really think of the worst possible situation for anyone, you don’t want a terrible situation to be a reality, but let’s just hope for the best.” Again it was generally a safe area so how bad could it be?
On A Search
When they were outside of the parking lot, unfortunately, the group of three was nowhere to be seen. Their only option was to then go out and try to look for them. They were determined to not give up now.
The teens had no idea that these men they had just encountered were not who they seemed. As they walked further into the Chinook Centre underground parking lot, they went as far as the dark underbelly of the city they call home.
No Going Back
They had gone too far deep, it was too late for them to back out now. The real truth was that there was indeed an increasing problem in this area of the city. Below the mall, something catastrophic was really going on even though no one knew about it.
Officer Arthur L. Doner had been investigating the rise of criminal activity in Southwest Calgary. But unfortunately, he has not been able to find anything, and on top of that, the rival gangs and their shenanigans in the area felt like a fire breathing creature.
To The Rescue
He knows he is capable of taking down a member, but two or more would definitely be difficult. He had no clue that there would be four kids who desired to bring down Hydra by themselves. Was this even possible?
The teenagers made their way further and further into the darkness below the shopping mall. It was way too late in the evening for any security guards to be around. They had already checked earlier on before they started skating.
They Knew The Secret Spot
The parking lot was a really good place to go for anyone wanting to cause mischief. Unfortunately, the older men were very much aware of this fact too. aware of this fact. The skaters knew that they would have to be quick and sneaky here.
Looking For Something
Thanks to the CCTV footage, it was very clear to see that the men went up and down the parking lot. It seemed as though they were searching for something. The young girl just walked by them as they looked around.
They eventually discovered what they were looking for. They caught the eye of the men who pulled open the door to a stairwell and shoved the girl inside. They then shut the door after doing this. What was going on?
The Empty Stairwell
The boys sneaked into space as discreetly as possible. The parking lot was a lot emptier than usual but their premonitions told them to check behind the parked cars, unfortunately, they had no luck in finding anything.
After a few minutes, the brave adolescents finally found the stairwell that the two men went through. They really hoped to they would find the girl safe down safe & sound. But it seemed very unlikely…
What They Found
Arnaud quietly he put his hand on the door handle hoping to make as little as possible. He signaled over to his friends that they needed to be prepared for whatever they may find inside. As soon as he opened the door, they all saw something very disturbing.
It was the last thing that they were expecting to see. They crept through the darkness and knew there were many hiding places around which meant the men could really be absolutely anywhere. Would they eventually be successful?
They Were Speechless
They saw the men when they looked up at the stairwell. But nothing in the world could have prepared them for what they saw. All four of them were speechless, they looked at each in total shock…
They recognized the two men down there. Their gut feeling told them to run fast from this dodgy situation, but they wanted to make sure the girl was alright. They didn’t just want to abandon her while she was in distress.
They were all disgusted and appalled by what the men were doing to her. Arnaud Nimenya, one of the boys, admitted that he “didn’t know what to do.” They snapped back to reality and jumped to help her out.
Time To Leave
As you probably have guessed, the two men were horrified at these men. However, the young boys still had no idea what they were dealing with. As the older men spotted the group of teenagers he tried to flee and his accomplice simply followed behind him.
Nimenya said, “He pushed me aggressively out of the way, then look packed at me with this smirk…like, ‘I can do this. And there’s nothing you can do about it.” Of course, the teens were not going to let the men get away with it.
Going After Them
No matter how terrified the boys were they knew so well it would be wrong to just leave things as they were. They felt a huge desire to help her out and fight for her. The men tried to walk out of the staircase, but three of the boys began to follow them out. While the last teenager stayed behind to look after the young girl.
The older men tried to outrun the three younger boys but failed miserably. There were determined to not let them get away with what they had planned to do. The teenagers chased the evil men all the way to the parking lot.
Officer Arthur Doner was ready and waiting for them. He had received a tip-off that the man he was chasing had been in the Chinook Centre with a buddy. He headed to Southwestern Calgary and waited nearby the shopping mall.
Last Ditch Effort
He dialed for backup, although it turned out that this was not necessary. The bigger men of the two almost ran into straight into the police car. The boys were right on his tail when they came face to face with the authorities.
Police Were Waiting
The larger man tried to get away from the cops and attempted to fight them off…not a good idea. He truly thought he was getting away with it, although he knew he was in the wrong he was so oblivious to what was about to happen to him…
What scared him the most was that the police were actually at the scene waiting for him. Officer Doner had been patiently waiting for the entire time. Before the big bully could hurt the teens, the officer stepped in. He wrestled the man to the ground!
Was it true? Did the cop finally catch the man he had been after all this time? By the time backup arrived, the second man had unfortunately managed to getaway. But was he free from the authorities?
As the teens returned to the parking lot, they got back to their other friend as quickly as they could. They saw him comforting the girl, you could see she had just been through something extremely stressful. It turns out one of older men was in fact an actual gang leader.
They still wanted to make sure she was safe, and once they did they eventually called it a day. However, this was by far not the end of the story. These heroic boys were getting endless calls for their bravery. The nightmare was unfortunately not over for them.
They kept receiving phone calls, but they all were all petrified to answer the phone. Was it the other guy? Was it someone part of this gang? How did they get their numbers? The calls kept coming. They knew they would eventually have to face reality.
Scared At First
In turned out that Chief Const. Roger Chaffin had been trying to get reach the boys to express his gratitude. But never did any of the boys think it would be the police on the other end of the line. They automatically thought it was the accomplice trying to find them.
The boys eventually picked up the calls. You can just imagine how astonished they were to hear that it was the authorities! Although they felt very relieved, the teens still felt anxious to go anywhere.
Nimenya said that he was surprised to hear that they were going to be honored: “We always thought we were going to be harassed because we fought with two older men. When they called us, we really didn’t wanna answer.”
Looking For Him
Everything was much clearer to them when the authorities advised them about who the man actually was, he was indeed an essential figure within a local gang. The FOB gang were notorious for their dark dealings in Calgary. And these young boys helped catch these felonies.
We definitely don’t want to even imagine what was in store for this poor, young girl if they did not intervene at the right moment. Before the incident, the Calgary police had been trying to catch these dreadful men, but sadly were not successful.