It is quite often that we walk on the road oblivious to our surroundings while all we do is play our thoughts on loop in our heads. Sometimes, we ignore even the people who might need our help the most, but this wasn’t the case with seventeen-year-old Malyk Bonnet. As the reports go by, Bonnet was making his way home from work when a glance at a couple having an altercation made him stop in his tracks. The guy seemed like he would assault the girl any moment and the look on the face of the girl made Bonnet approach them without hesitation.
On meeting the squabbling couple, the man asked Bonnet for some money to buy a ticket to Laval, Quebec. On hearing the request and seeing the distress in the girl’s face, Bonnet strung a plan in an instant. He decided that he would lend them the money for the ticket and accompany them by saying he lived in Laval as well. He said to reporters, “My plan was to keep them in a public place, where there are a lot of people,” Bonnet told CBC News. “I decided to make myself friendly with the man, so he would trust me. So I played my game”.
On the journey to Laval, Bonnet had a friendly conversation with the man and soon struck a rapport with him while the girl sat tensed and impassive. While the seventeen-year-old was riding with the couple, he did not know one thing- the police too were looking for the couple.
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“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 Lt. Daniel Guérin of the Laval police.
Bonnet’s seamless plan was then cumbered as his phone on the way to Laval died and he needed an opportunity to call the police himself. As they reached their destination, Bonnet needed to buy time to nab the assaulter and offered to pay for the couple’s lunch with the $50 he possessed. Incognizant that Bonnet was up to something to rescue the girl, the man agreed and they dined at a restaurant. While the man was having his fill, Bonnet pretended to use the restroom, borrowed another customer’s phone and dialed the police.
Minutes later the police arrived only to nab the assaulter as he was oblivious to the fact that Bonnet himself had turned him in.
“He was really surprised, he didn’t know that it was me,” Bonnet told the CBC. “So I played my game right.”
As the kidnapper was nabbed, the relief on the girl’s face was conspicuous. Bonnet told reporters, “She was almost crying. She was so happy, so happy not to be with him.” Bonnet was commended by the local police for his presence of mind in resolving the case and they raised a collection to reimburse Bonnet for all that he had spent. He was then given an award for his bravery by the local police.
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“He managed the situation very well and took good decisions that probably saved the life of this woman,” Lt. Guérin told the CBC.
Over the next few days, Bonnet had turned into an overnight local celebrity in Montreal and was even featured on the front page of the Journal de Montreal. While the interview with CBC News was in progress, many passers-by stopped, shook hands in congratulations and snapped selfies with him. Despite all the attention he received, Bonnet admits that his mother is his biggest fan and has collected all the tabloids that featured the young boy in a bid to show them to his future children. Bonnet said, “My mom is so proud of me, she bought like eight Journals. She’s like; I’m going to show them to your kids one day.”
Though he has got all the attention every teenager would desire, Bonnet states in the video below that being a hero is not important to him, and as he entwines his hair with nervousness in front of the camera, he says that he is happy he saved the girl’s life and that is all that matters to him.