17-year old Malyk Bonnet doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but earlier this month his quick thinking and poise saved the life of a woman kidnapped by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Waiting at a bus stop on his way home from work as a cook, Bonnet noticed a man yelling and being rough with his female companion. Instead of doing what most other people would do, Bonnet decided to get closer and further assess the situation.
Malyk Bonnet bravely decided not to ‘mind his own business’
When approached, the man said they needed money for a bus ride. Bonnet agreed to get some change from a local connivence store, and that’s when he got a moment alone with the terrified woman. According to his interview with CBC Montreal:
The girl was saying, ‘Please help me. He don’t want to let me go. I want to go home but he don’t want to let me go.’
That’s when Bonnet selflessly decided he needed to get more involved. Even though the bus the pair would be taking was out-of-the-way of his trip home, he knew he needed to keep them in public, and stay with them until he could call the police.
My plan was to keep them in a public place, where there’s a lot of people. I decided to make myself friendly with the man, so he would trust me. So I played my game.
What didn’t know could have killed him: the Canadian teenager vs. the wanted ‘ very dangerous’ kidnapper
Bonnet could not have known how dangerous it was to be playing this “game.” Unbeknownst to the teenage hero, the man was under court order to stay away from the woman (his ex-girlfriend), and had been found guilty of assault and death threats against her. In fact, the police were already aware of the kidnapping, and were on the lookout for the two. The police considered the abductor “very dangerous.”
Bonnet kept a cool head, befriending the man to keep him off his guard. When they arrived at their destination, he offered to take them out to eat and give him $50 for food. Even when Bonnet saw that his cell phone battery had died, he didn’t panic. He pretended he had to use the restroom, and used another diner’s cell phone to call the police. Bonnet then sat back down with the pair, and waited for the police to arrive.
Bonnet did such an excellent job fooling the kidnapper, that even when the police came – the man didn’t suspect who had called the police. The abductor was immediately arrested and charged with kidnapping, forcible confinement and assault. The woman was too overcome with emotions to speak, but her tears and look of relieved gratefulness was enough thanks for the young man.
A happy ending made happier for this young hero
Just in case you don’t think everything else above qualifies this Canadian teenager as a bad a$$, the 17 year insists he was never even a little afraid for his own safety.
The guy was really tiny, so if he had something to do I would kick his a**.
The ending gets even happier. Bonnet, who admits to having been on the wrong side of the law before, got a big surprise from the police officers. They were so impressed with his actions, that they took up a collection to reimburse him for the bus fare and food. Although Bonnet spent around $120 without a thought of getting it back, he was given a $255 collection.
Bravo to this brave young man, who deserves all the attention and praise he has been getting for this. If everyone could be a little more like this teenager, the world would be a much, much better place.
Watch his interview below:
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