A Florida woman says she was saved by a good guy with a gun after a teen pulled a knife on her in a store and demanded sex.
“I am convinced that I would’ve been stabbed had it not been for the divine timing of another customer walking by who just happened to have a concealed carry license,” Alis Muntain wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday.
“I was making a quick run to get cat food and litter. My arms were so full that I was sitting in the aisle contemplating whether I wanted to put it down and search for a cart when a teenager (15-17) approached me. I thought he was going to see if I needed help, but then he asked how old I was.
“A bit confused by the question, I just assumed he needed help himself and wanted to verify that I was an adult. I hesitantly replied with my age. He then said ‘I want you to have sex with me. I have a knife in my pocket.’, proceeding to pull out his pocket and show me that there was indeed a knife there. I blinked, paused, and then said ‘Are you aware that we’re on camera?'”
He said he was. Muntain told him she wanted to make him “aware that I have a husband and a THREE year old son waiting in my car for me. They will be looking for me soon.”
Even after all this, she said, the teen continued to insist that she follow his orders.
“RIGHT at that moment, a man walked across the end of the aisle behind the teenager,” Muntain wrote.
“I have no idea how I had remained (at least visibly) calm to this point. Keeping my voice light, I called out ‘Excuse me sir, could you help me?’ as the boy turned to see who was behind him.
“Thinking I was talking about my still full arms, he said ‘sure’ and turned towards me. As soon as he took a step, I stated: ‘This boy has a knife and is threatening to use it on me if I don’t have sex with him.'”
After confirming what was happening, the man told Muntain to get help, she said.
“By this point, I was about 8-10 feet away, so I turned and RAN, screaming for help. I didnt know the man had a concealed weapon that he pulled on the boy, who then proceeded to run after me. At the end of the aisle, I veered left. running into an entire display of plastic bins and losing my glasses, but he went right. He ran out of the store, but eventually was caught by police after pulling a knife on them as well,” she wrote.
“I firmly believe that if that man hadn’t walked by when he did and had his gun on him, things could’ve gone VERY differently. It still doesn’t feel real. I’m so grateful that he was placed in my path at that moment, and that he was exercising his right to bear arms. I always figured that was a slim possibility at my school, but never at a Walmart in Fleming Island. You literally never know …
“I’m safe, guys,” she concluded. “I just figured this was a story that should be shared, because it truly emphasized the importance of utilizing your freedom to keep yourself and others safe. I’m not trying to cause a huge debate, just offering some food for thought.”
Police found the alleged perpetrator in a nearby parking lot.
Muntain said she’s going to use the lesson she was taught by the heaven-sent stranger who made sure she wasn’t a statistic.
“I’m just going to learn from this experience and make sure I’m not defenseless as I was in that situation,” she told WJAX.
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