Police: Paying Attention, Trusting Instincts Can Help Fight Crime
Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Monday, police say two women delivering newspapers helped stop a kidnapping in the Rosewood area with quick action. "We were in the right place at the right time," said Cynthia Robbins. She and her sister were out delivering papers when she says they noticed someone in distress. "The look on her face, I wouldn't have been able to live with myself had I drove on and something happened. So I knew I had to stop, you just can't...I couldn't drive past that," said Robbins. Police say a woman woke up to find an unknown man in her home who forced her to perform a sexual act before demanding she take him to the bank for money. They say it happened just before 5 a.m. Monday morning. Once outside the home, police say two witnesses saw the woman struggling and called police as she began to honk the car horn and call for help. Robbins says she stayed on the phone with dispatchers but tried to remain at a safe distance. That is exactly what police say you should do. When you are out in the community, Lt. Ron Felder with the Columbia Police Department says one of the best ways to keep yourself from becoming a victim is to pay attention and trust your gut. "Most of our victims say I knew I shouldn't have did that. Something told me I shouldn't have said that, or something told me I shouldn't have went that way. So we want you to trust in your instincts and that early warning sign that there's trouble around," said Felder. He says many of the things police find suspicious you would too and says you should call 911 immediately in those situations. Felder also says using technology like cell phone cameras or just remembering basic descriptions can help law enforcement later, as long as you keep your own safety in mind. "For investigative purposes, those things go a long way. Because that suspect, it's probably not his first try at being a suspect. He's probably did that before, he's probably committed that crime before," he said. Felder says it is up to the community to help fight back against crime in our neighborhoods and for people to lend a hand when they can, like Robbins. She says she does not see herself as a hero. "For me it's just natural, you help somebody who needs help," she said. Police have arrested 47-year-old Anthony Tyrone Dervin in connection to the incident. He is charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, and burglary. Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/article/242121/2/Police-Paying-Attention-Trusting-Instincts-Can-Help-Fight-Crime
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