“Please help me.”
These are the words an elementary school-aged girl mouthed to cause a resident of FishHawk, Florida to spring into action.
“I saw two children on their bicycles and a male adult behind them,” the woman who did not want to be identified said, according to Fox 13 News.
The incident started at the Cherry’s Bar and Grill in FishHawk’s park square, when 37-year-old David Daniels of Brandon, Florida told the two children that he was going to supervise them on their walk home, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
The unidentified woman reported that she was outside of a nearby church when she noticed Daniels behind two children on bikes, stating that something felt off about the situation.
“One of the little girls was mouthing to me, ‘Please help me, this is not my dad,’” the woman said.
Knowing she had to do something, the woman played along with Daniels’ story of being new to the neighborhood and welcomed them into the church waiting for an opportunity to dial 911.
“I engaged in conversation with him,” she said. “I said, ‘Oh that’s nice, where did you move here from?’ He said, ‘Oh, I am not really sure.’”
Hillsborough County deputies later found Daniels walking towards downtown. It was later reported that Daniels had hit one of the children in the head multiple times and had one in a headlock.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there were 337,195 children reported missing by the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in 2021. This number is not including children who have never been reported missing.
To decrease the probability of this occurring, parents are encouraged to talk to their children about stranger danger.
As for the Good Samaritan, she does not want to be labeled as a hero.
“I just did what I hope anybody would do for my own kids,” she said.
There is no doubt that God put her in the right place at the right time. Thanks to her quick thinking, two young lives have been saved.