When you get word that someone is in trouble, you have two options: you can either get involved and try to help in some way, or you can ignore it and get on with your day. Some people like to think that they would be those who jump in and help, but that’s not always the case. Moments like these sometimes trigger our fight or flight mode. Most people would have avoided interfering in this situation. Not these teens, however.
Just Another Day
Arnaud Nimenya, Starlyn Rives-Perez, Carsyn Wright, and James Hielema were out spending some time together at the skate park as they would any other night. The four boys decided to meet up in the underground parking lot for a night filled with skating fun. When it started getting late, the Canadian teens knew it was time to call it a night and head home.
However, when they caught sight of a girl and two older men approaching the parking garage, things shifted. The teens took notice of how disoriented and upset the girl seemed to be. On top of that, the two older men were behaving in a rather forceful manner. Things didn’t seem right.
At first, the girl was walking in front of the two men. Moments later, the men decided to switch things around when they noticed others were in the parking garage. While this wasn’t technically illegal, there was something strange that didn’t sit right with the four boys. Alarms started going off in their heads.
Stop To Check
The four boys were all ready to leave when they happened to notice the odd group. They immediately came to a stop and took a look at them. What was it that made the boys freeze in place? What could they have possibly seen for them to react this way? Their night was going so smoothly before this happened.
She Was Yelling
“She was screaming and yelling”, one of the four teens recalled. Carsyn Wright chimed in, saying, “She just wanted to be out of there”. The four skaters started getting suspicious after they saw the girl react in such a serious way. What could have been going on for her to act that way in the first place?
They Were Intimidated
“The guy was dressed in very nice clothes… and the girl was all dirty, she was crying, her nose was bleeding,” Wright said. The four boys started to pay closer attention to the three people in the parking garage. In fact, they decided that they needed answers to all the questions racing in their minds. They went over and asked about what was going on.
Despite the fact that the boys outnumbered the two men there, they couldn’t help but feel intimidated by the older men as they walked over. After all, they had no idea how strong the men might have been – or worse – how dangerous. The bigger man answered their inquiring question. He said he was the girl’s father.
Had To Trust Them
After getting this response, the boys backed off. They thought that the girl might have been drunk or under the influence when they saw her. She didn’t ask them for help while they were there. And so, they didn’t have a reason to look into the matter further. They left it alone at last. Was this the right decision?
Since it was already getting late, the boys agreed to head home. They grabbed their skateboards before leaving the garage. To the boys, the easiest route was to simply trust the two men and the answer they gave them. They had no reason not to up until that point, after all. Still, they couldn’t help but feel like something wasn’t right.
Nighttime In Calgary
While the boys had gotten an answer from the men regarding the situation, they had a bad feeling that something was seriously wrong. While Calgary is a generally safe area to be in, they knew it didn’t mean much. The boys didn’t want to assume the worst of people, but their instincts were telling them something else.
It was true that the girl seemed to be intoxicated. The more the boys thought about it, the worse they felt about what they had done. Maybe they made a mistake by backing down immediately. Should they have asked more questions? Should they have stuck around to make sure everything was okay?
The man they spoke to was confident, even arrogant when he claimed to be the girl’s father. Why would he act that way? That’s when the boys realized something that changed their minds completely. No father would act the way that man did, right? Something really was wrong here – they had to find out what.
“She was all scuffed up and dirty,” Carsyn explained. It definitely didn’t look like things were going well between the two men and the girl. The boys saw one of the men hoist the girl up over his shoulders like nothing more than a sack of potatoes. How could he do such a thing so casually?
They Had To Know
The boys then saw that the girl resisted. That’s when the boys knew they were wrong about the men. There was absolutely no way they could live with themselves if they had allowed this to go on. They needed to make sure nothing was wrong. They had to find out if the girl was in trouble.
There was clearly something not right about the entire situation. The boys wondered if these three people even knew each other. What were they doing in an empty dark parking lot in the middle of the night? Not to mention, one that’s underground and even more difficult to find? The whole thing was suspicious.
Running To Help
There was something very sinister going on, the boys knew it. They went back to the garage and prayed they weren’t too late to help the girl. The teen ran for it, going as quickly as they possibly could. Time was of the essence, they knew that much. As they ran, they could hear nothing but their heavy breathing and lights flickering in the streets. It was eerie.
The teens weren’t convinced. Not until Wright said, “You don’t want to really think of the worst in somebody like that. You don’t want that situation to be real, so you just brush it off and hope for the best.” While he’s right, there are times when our instincts know better and warn us about dangerous situations.
On A Search
When the boys got to the outside of the parking lot at last, they couldn’t see the three people. It’s a good thing they knew just what to do anyways. They needed to go inside and look for the men and the girl. There was nothing else the teens could do. This was their last chance to do something about this.
The four skaters had no idea that these two men weren’t who they seemed to be. When they walked into the Chinook Centre underground parking lot, they actually walked straight into the dark underbelly of the city that they had called home. They didn’t know what they were getting themselves into.
No Going Back
By that point, it was far too late for them to back out. The truth was, there was a growing issue in that area of the city. Underneath the mall, something really dark and sinister was going on, despite the fact that no one knew about it. The boys were about to find out about it.
A police officer by the name of Arthur L. Doner had been looking into the rise in criminal activity in Southwest Calgary as of late. He had trouble doing so. He couldn’t find anything. All the rival gangs and their dealings in the area felt like some kind of a mythical beast to the officer.
To The Rescue
When he would manage to take down one member, two more would appear out of nowhere. He didn’t know there would be four teens who wanted to bring down Hydra all on their own. Could they possibly do it? What would happen to them once they tried?
The boys made their way underneath the shopping mall in the darkness. They knew that the security guards wouldn’t be around by that time of the night. They were sure to check that before they had got skating earlier in the evening. However, now they wished it weren’t the case.
They Knew The Secret Spot
The parking lot happened to be the perfect place to go to if someone was up to no good. Unfortunately, the men were clearly aware of this fact. The skaters knew they would have to be quick, stealthy, and smart about this. Again, they didn’t know who they were dealing with.
Looking For Something
All you’d need was the CCTV footage to see that the two men went up and down the parking lot. It was obvious that they were looking for something specific. The girl was with them the entire time they had been looking around the place. What were they up to?
At last, the men must have found what they were looking for all that time. They suddenly pulled open a door that led into a stairwell. They took the girl inside before shutting the door behind them. What could possibly be going on? What were they trying to do?
The Empty Stairwell
The four boys crept into the area as quietly as they could manage. The parking lot felts so much emptier than usual at that moment. They instinctively checked behind all the cars that were parked there. Little did they know that all their efforts turned out to be futile. All the same, they felt like they needed to try and stay safe to the best of their abilities. What else could they possibly do in such a situation?
A few minutes later, the teen skaters found the stairwell at last. They knew that’s where the two men were headed. All they could hope was to find the girl safe and sound inside. By that point, their mission was becoming too real for their liking. The reality of it was setting in at last. The boys felt their hearts begin to race. Their breathing sped up. What were they about to find inside? They were too scared to even think about it.
What They Found
Arnaud stayed perfectly still while he put his hand on the door handle. He didn’t breathe, fearing he would make noise and give himself away. He communicated to the other boys that they had to be ready for whatever they would find inside. Slowly and carefully, he opened the door silently. What he saw then had him reeling. What was it that they saw inside that stairwell? Did they find the two men and the girl?
What the boys found was by far not what they expected. They combed through the dark parking lot. They looked in between each car, searching for any sort of trace of the girl. There were many hiding places there, and the boys knew that. The teens did their best to be as thorough as they could. The men could have been anywhere inside that parking lot. In fact, the boys were soon getting distraught, wondering if they had gotten there in time.
They Were Speechless
As soon as they found the stairwell and looked inside, they finally saw the men and the girl. There was nothing in existence that could have prepared the teens for what they would see in that stairwell. They were all completely speechless. What could they have possibly seen happen to cause this kind of reaction? We can’t even begin to imagine what they saw happen down there. All we hope is that the girl was okay.
When they got the door to the stairwell open, the four boys saw the silhouette of the two men down there. As soon as they saw this, their instincts were telling them to immediately run away. However, they knew they needed to make sure the girl was alright. They weren’t about to abandon her there with the two strange men in the dark parking lot stairwell. They couldn’t do it, even if they wanted to.
The four teens were shocked and disgusted by what the two men were doing to the poor girl. Arnaud Nimenya, one of the boys, admitted he “didn’t know what to do”. Quickly, the boys snapped out the shock they were in and helped her out.
Time To Leave
As you can probably imagine, the two men were angry at the boys for interfering. The teens had no clue who they were actually dealing with when they got involved. The taller man tried running away. The second man immediately followed the first, running as fast as he could.
Nimenya said, “He pushed me aggressively out of the way, kinda like just gives me the smile…like, ‘I can do this. You can’t do anything about it.” Naturally, the boys weren’t about to let these awful men off the hook. Not after what they had seen them do.
Going After Them
Despite the fact that they were scared, it would be wrong to leave things as they were. The boys had to fight for what was right. The two men tried walking out of the stairwell, but three of the four boys followed them. The fourth teen stayed behind to look after the girl and make sure she was okay and unharmed.
The two criminals tried outrunning the three boys but failed. There was no chance the boys would let these two cruel men get away with what they had done. The boys chased the men as they ran out of the parking lot. What would happen next? Did they get them?
It turns out that officer Arthur Doner was ready for the situation. He got a tip that the man he had been chasing down was seen in the Chinook Centre with a friend. Immediately, he headed to Southwestern Calgary and waited right by the shopping mall. He was ready for anything that would happen next.
Last Ditch Effort
When he got there, he called for backup, just in case. However, it turned out that it wasn’t necessary. The criminal and his friend almost ran right into the police officer’s cruiser! Suddenly, the two men froze and faced the boys. What happened? They couldn’t understand what made them suddenly stop in their tracks.
Police Were Waiting
The larger of the two men started fighting off the boys by ripping a skateboard from their grasp. He used it to try and bludgeon the boys to keep them at a distance. Clearly, he was feeling rather desperate to do such a thing. It was reckless and irrational.
He never expected there to be a police officer right nearby. Officer Doner was waiting the entire time, prepared to catch the man. Before the man could hurt the three teens, the policeman rushed into action. He wrestled the man to the ground. He got him! But what happened to the second man?
Could the officer finally have caught the man he’d been chasing for so long? By the time backup arrived, the second man had escaped. When the teens caught sight of the police arriving, they started running away. They didn’t know what would happen next. The couldn’t have expected it.
As fast as they possibly could, the boys ran back into the parking lot. They saw their friend was still there, comforting the girl. She just had something traumatic happen to her, after all. It turned out that the man was the leader of a dangerous gang in the area.
After ensuring the girl was safe, the boys decided it was time to call it a day. However, that wasn’t the end of this heroic story. After all that happened, the boys started getting phone calls. The ordeal wasn’t done just yet – for them or for the girl.
For days, they got the same phone calls, but they were all too afraid to pick up the phone when it rang. Maybe it was the second man who got away? How could he have gotten their phone numbers? After a while, however, they knew it was time to face it. They had to answer these strange calls.
Scared At First
Chief Const. Roger Chaffin was the one who had been trying to get in touch with the four boys in order to express his gratitude. It never occurred to the boys that it was the police calling them. They always thought it would be the accomplice calling them up to threaten them for what they had done.
Eventually, the boys picked up the phone and answered the mysterious calls. You can imagine just how surprised they were to hear that it was the police Chief calling them. Despite their relief, the teens were still somewhat scared. What they did was serious, there was no doubt about it.
Nimenya said he was so surprised that he and his friends were going to be honored by the authorities. “We always thought we were going to be in trouble because we fought with him. When they called us, we didn’t wanna answer.” We can understand their logic, honestly.
Looking For Him
It only made sense the man they helped take down was an important figure in a local gang. In fact, the gang in question was the FOB gang. It was notorious for its dark dealings in Calgary. Everyone had heard about them in the area and feared them.
We don’t even want to start thinking about what would happen to that poor girl if these boys weren’t there to interfere. Before the incident happened, the Calgary police had been trying and trying to catch that very man, with no luck.