They say that if you see something, you should say something.
That’s exactly what some folks at a Dick’s Sporting Goods in Oregon did.
And it saved the life of a woman and her child. Shoppers noticed that a mother and her son who were shopping with a man didn’t look quite right.
They had terrified looks on their faces. Eventually, the woman mouthed “help me” to several people.
The woman and her son were being kidnapped.
Shoppers saw the woman’s pleas for help and several people called the police who came and arrested the kidnapper.
Christopher Hahn-Collins, 25, is accused of breaking into the woman’s home on Friday and holding the woman and her child at knifepoint when they returned to the home.
They were reportedly held overnight into Saturday.
The woman was able to convince Hahn-Collins to take her to Dick’s Sporting Good on Saturday afternoon. Police told CNN affiliate KOIN that they don’t believe that Hahn-Collins previously knew the woman or her son.
“We have to commend her because how brave is that? She did a great job of keeping this man calm and getting herself in a position where she could get help,” Marion County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Chris Baldridge told KGW8.
Dick’s Sporting Goods didn’t comment on the woman’s rescue but did say that they were happy the woman and child were OK.
Locals also praised, “the courage of the people that helped her cuz they don’t know if the guy’s got a gun a knife whatever. You just have to learn how to think so quick now. You have to make a snap decision,” Kathy Barker of Silverton told the news outlet.
“Oh my God, she stayed so calm and thinking to mouth help me. And I’m so glad that people paid attention to her. Because now a days people might just walk right pass you.”
Hahn-Collins was booked at the Marion County Jail on two counts of first-degree kidnapping, menacing, first-degree burglary, unlawful possession and unlawful use of a weapon, as well as giving false information to police.
He was also held accountable for a parole violation warrant on a previous sex abuse charge for attacking someone in a group home where he was staying.
Those who have any information about Hahn-Collins or the incident should call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at (503) 540-8079. They can also be submitted on Facebook at facebook.com/MCSOInTheKnow.
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