All of us know the feeling when something we are seeing just doesn’t seem right.

Should we step in. . .should we do something?  What if this is the TV show “What Would You Do?”

This is a story of a 17-year-old boy who followed his gut, got very involved and saved a young woman from her dangerous kidnapper.

Malyk Bonnet, a 17-year-old from Montreal, spotted something suspicious on his way home.  He was waiting for a bus after a shift at the restaurant where he works.  He saw a man and woman arguing and sensed a red flag.

“The guy was screaming at her, the girl,” Bonnet said. “He wasn’t really gentle with her, and I started watching, because I thought he would hit her, so I approached them a little bit.”

Because of his courageous proximity, the guy began talking to Bonnet, the kidnapper even asked Bonnet if he could lend them bus fare to nearby Laval which is 25 miles from downtown Montreal.

Our young hero felt so uneasy about what was happening that he decided to get even more involved.  He gave the man the money and told them that he was also traveling to Laval.  This was not where he intended to go!

“My plan was to keep them in a public place where he wouldn’t hurt her,” Bonnet said. “I decided to be friendly with the man and have him think I was his friend. I played my game and he seemed to trust me.”

After they arrived in Laval, Bonnet suggested that they eat at a restaurant near the stop and even gave them $50 for food.  After a while he excused himself to use the restroom.  There, he called the police and told them someone had been kidnapped.  Officers arrived within minutes.

What Bonnet didn’t know is that the police were already on the lookout for this perpetrator and his victim!

This abusive man had abducted his ex-girlfriend and was considered to be very dangerous.  The kidnapper had previously spent time behind bars for assaulting his ex and had sent her death threats.

When the police arrived, the woman made eye contact with Bonnet and she had tears in her eyes.  He could see how grateful and relieved she was.

Malyk Bonnet has become a local hero for his courageous intervention.

“His quick actions may have saved this young woman’s life,” Laval police Lt. Daniel Guérin said. The officers made sure to collect money so Bonnet could be reimbursed for the bus fares and food he purchased while trying to save the victim. “He now has 500 new friends in our department.”

I think the number of “friends” this young hero has is growing!  Thank you Malyk for following your gut and getting involved!