On August 1st, Malyk Bonnet noticed a heated exchange at a local bus stop in Montreal, Canada.
Concerned that the man might strike the woman, he intervened, asking if they needed any help. The irate man asked for a bus ticket to nearby community, Laval. Sensing that the situation was more drastic than just someone needing bus fare, he quickly told the couple that he lived in Laval and would be able to get them a ticket and take the bus with them. But first they would need to come with him to the nearby store to get some change for the tickets.
Once they got inside the store the woman quietly voiced that the man had kidnapped her, that he was an abusive ex-boyfriend and was scared for her life.
Malyk played it cool and calmly purchased the bus tickets, walked to the bus and boarded with them like he knew nothing. As the bus made its way through the city streets he causally attempted to contact the police with his cell phone but the battery had died. Quick on his toes, he maintained his cool and rolled into plan b. He offered to buy the distressed couple a meal when they arrived at their stop in Laval at the local Tim Hortons restaurant. After ordering their food they sat down with their meal and then a couple minutes into the meal Malyk nonchalantly excused himself to go to the washroom. He knew it was now his chance to take action. He discretely grabbed the attention of the manager while on route to the washroom, and they contacted the police. After placing the call he slowly made his way back to the table not to cause any attention, or to anger the man any further.
Within a couple minutes the police had arrived and placed the culprit under arrest; Malyk saving the day and potentially a woman’s life.
Laval Police Lieutenant Daniel Guérin was so blown away with the seventeen-year-old’s ability to maturely process and handle the extremely stressful situation that they plan on nominating Malyk for a Provincial Award For Bravery.
I don’t know about you, but I doubt I would have been tenacious enough to stick-handle such an intense situation of conflict. Well done Malyk, well done!