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Quick-Thinking Teen Saves Kidnapped Woman

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The Short of It

Malyk Bonnet, 17, was on his way home from his job as a cook, when he noticed a couple arguing at the bus station in Montreal, Canada. Something felt off about the situation, so he decided to try to help the woman. Little did the teen know, the police were searching for the couple because the woman had been reported kidnapped.

The Lowdown

The pair approached Bonnet at the station and asked for bus fare to the town of Laval. Bonnet says he got a weird feeling, but he agreed to stop and break his cash at a nearby convenience store. He devised a plan to befriend the couple so he could keep them in public places and finally call the police. He lied to them, saying he was going to the same destination. When they arrived, he offered to treat them to a meal.

"I played my game, and he seemed to trust me," Bonnet told NBC News.

During the meal, the teen realized his cell phone battery was dead, so he excused himself to use the restroom and asked another customer at the restaurant to borrow his cell phone so he could call the police. The man saw Bonnet on the phone, but the teen diffused the situation by telling him he had just called a cab. Within five minutes the authorities had apprehended the man, a move that may have saved the woman's life.

"We were looking for a 29-year-old woman who was kidnapped by her former boyfriend earlier that day, and we believed that man was very dangerous," said Laval police Lt. Daniel Guérin to CBC News in Montreal.

The boyfriend had been previously found guilty of assault and making death threats against the woman, and he was violating a court order to stay away from her when Bonnet stumbled upon their argument at the bus station.

The police department has raised money to reimburse Bonnet for the money he spent during the ordeal and have plans to nominate the teen for a provincial award for bravery.

The Upshot

Bonnet had no idea he was walking into a potentially volatile situation with a man who had a history of violence. Thankfully, his quick thinking and bravery took charge to help the kidnapped woman. This story makes you realize how important is to pay attention to what's going on around you and not be afraid to help strangers. If you suspect someone is being abused, call the police. You might also make a difference in someone's life!

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