It started out as an ordinary day for Nazier Elahee from Golf Manor, Ohio, until he saw a very disturbing sight. Near a park in the 6400 block of Wiehe Road, Elahee saw 37-year-old Jessie Woodard Jr. pulling an 11-year-old girl by the arm. When she mouthed two words, his blood ran cold, leaving him with chills, and he knew exactly what he had to do.
The girl had been playing at the park when Woodard snatched her in an attempted kidnapping. Coincidentally, the incident unfolded within feet of a police station and was consequently caught on video by the surveillance cameras.
“I noticed that a man was walking down the street toting a girl behind him, pulling her by the wrist,” Elahee told FOX19Now. “But as they walked passed us she looked back at me and mouthed the words ‘help me‘ several times.”
Police recently released the surveillance video of the attempted kidnapping that occurred right across the street from the department on Saturday.
The police department is located across from a park, where the child was before the incident unfolded.
The grainy video shows the moment Woodard was caught pulling the girl by the arm, according to police.
Elahee is then seen taking the child away from the suspect after asking the child if she knew the man. [Source: Daily Mail]
“When she said ‘no,’ I was like what’s going on. I asked the gentleman if he knew her and he said, ‘No I’m taking her home,'” recalled Elahee. It was then that the good Samaritan decided to call the police. Fortunately, they were nearby, because Woodard attempted to flee the scene. Elahee chased him down to the nearby Zee Food Mart, where law enforcement arrested him and charged him with kidnapping.
It is moments like these which define a person’s true character. Elahee could have saved himself the trouble and looked the other way, but he didn’t. He could have gone about his day without interfering, but he didn’t.
Moments like these can also define the course of a person’s future. Had Elahee done nothing, the little girl’s life more than likely would have changed forever. Instead of going home with her parents, she would have been taken God knows where by her kidnapper and surely been abused, or even killed.
“If he had gotten that little girl to where ever he was going to she could have been raped… killed,” said Elahee. “If I could have done something else I would have, but the right thing to do was to call the police and keep the girl safe.”
Indeed, doing the right thing isn’t always a matter of life and death for an innocent child, but when it is, we should all be so lucky as to have someone like Nazier Elahee nearby. This story serves as a sobering reminder that we should all try to stay engaged in what is happening around us, for that small effort could end up saving a life.
So often, we are more immersed in our phones than what is unfolding just feet away from us. With our attention turned towards social media or sending some frivolous text message, think of everything we are missing. Had Elahee had his head in the clouds or his mind focused on a text message instead of what was right in front of him, he might not have ever seen the little girl’s cry for help. Luckily, he was very present in body and mind. This little girl will forever thank him for it.