Perry Police say an Army National Guard veteran helped save a woman from what they’re calling "a first date gone wrong."
Perry Police Captain Heath Dykes says they commend the veteran's spirit for helping, but Dykes says when things get physical, intervening can be risky.
Perry Police say they got a call at 10:10 p.m. on Sunday about people fighting in the Walmart parking lot.
Police say they were told it was a first date gone wrong.
Dykes says a Wilcox County woman was meeting a man from Atlanta that she met on a dating website.
When they argued over what to do next, police say the man forcibly grabbed her around the waist and appeared to be taking her to his car.
That’s when Army National Guard Veteran Jared Moncrief jumped in.
“I tried to take the fight out of him and save her. Cause to me, it looked like he was trying to get her in a car and he had her pressed up against it,” Moncrief said.
Moncrief says he was leaving the Walmart with his sister when he heard the screams and acted on reflex.
“I don't know if it would have been different if I thought about it. We got to help each other out you know? Even him, I was trying to talk to him, 'You gotta calm down man, we all make mistakes.' I had to forcibly help him out. It's just, you know, I understand he could have had a gun,” Moncrief said.
Moncrief says after the incident the woman thanked him repeatedly and the man left the scene. Moncrief says he was hit in the mouth and chipped a tooth.
Perry Police Captain Heath Dykes commended Moncrief.
“You know I'm glad he came out and rendered aid to her, I think it goes without saying he did above and beyond what most citizens would have done,” Dykes said in his office.
However, Dykes says intervening in potentially violent situations can put you in serious danger too.
So police advise calling 911 instead so you can give as many details as you can about the situation and the suspect.
“I don't know so much that I would say intervene. You know so much can go wrong, you never know, the individual may have a gun and put you in harm’s way,” Dykes said Tuesday.
Moncrief’s sister recorded the fight and has turned that video over to investigators. In the video, it shows Moncrief and the man wrestling with each other.
Perry Police say the woman does not want to press charges, but they're still investigating and the case is still open.
Dykes says the woman told police the man was using a profile under the name ‘Dee’ on the dating website Plenty of Fish. Dykes says by the time police went to look for the profile, it could not be found.
Anyone with information on the man can call Perry Police at (478) 988-2848.
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