There was a story about this incident on Active Self-Protection (link below), but now we are getting some additional information on what happened.
Oh, and this story reinforces the fact that when seconds count, police are minutes away. Probably about 10 minutes from the 1st 911 call, but 6 minutes after the hero took care of business.
Canaan Bower is his name.
[Father]: I was told my son was there and may have gotten involved with a guy, possibly even fighting the guy?
Clerk: Is your son tall and strong with black hair?
Clerk: Oh my God sir, your son…he was…your son…was…was…awesome. There was an evil man here with an evil laugh trying to kidnap some kids. He didn’t care about anyone. He was hurting people. We were throwing bottles at him and nothing was working. He beat us up really bad. We knew the police were a long ways away and we knew this man was going to take the kids because we couldn’t stop him. As soon as I realized the kids were in danger and the evil was going to win, the door opened up and your son walked in. He didn’t hesitate. He jumped in, overpowered this man, and held him down until the police got there.
[Father]: Do you know where my son is?
Clerk: I’m sorry, I don’t. He left after talking to the police.
The video at the link above is not awful. And not too long.
The previous post on this story can be found at the Archives: A 16-year-old Saves the Day