171 09 September 4th 2016


It was late in the day and the path along the canal was wet. I  saw a teenage girl running and there was a man chasing her. She almost slipped and fell, but he caught up with her, grabbed her hair and began pulling her back in the direction she came from.

She began to scream, but he covered her mouth with his hand, pulled out a handkerchief and stuffed it in her mouth.

I frantically dialed 911, and noticed the guy looking up at me. Then, he disappeared around the corner with the girl in tow.

The 911 operator asked me what the emergency was and I described what I had seen.

Minutes later the police arrived at my door to get more information. They said they would be back in touch with me and they left.

I packed a bag, grabbed my coat and quickly walked to the bus stop so I could go to a friend’s house for the night since the man had seen me in the window.

The next day I received a call from the police letting me know they had apprehended the man and the  girl was in the hospital.

Copyright © 2016 Written by Jessie Cross ~ All rights reserved

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