A homeless man with a gun stepped in and saved a teenage girl from being beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend.
A homeless man in Fresno County, California saved a teenage girl’s life on Wednesday night when he intervened in a violent attack occurring in a parking lot outside of Fresno Liquor.
Paul DeLeon witnessed the 19-year-old female drive around towards the back of the parking lot. The suspect, who is believed to be an ex-boyfriend, followed her to where she parked, pulled her out of the car, and began punching and kicking her.
When he saw how quickly the attack was escalating, DeLeon decided he had to do something.
“I mean he was kicking her hard too, right in the head, and I couldn’t just stand there and do nothing,” DeLeon told ABC News. “He probably would’ve killed her. I mean, I have no doubt in my mind he wouldn’t have stopped. She was out of it and he was still kicking her.”
DeLeon, who was carrying both mace and a handgun, confronted the attacker and sprayed him with mace. Though this got him to stop beating the victim, it further angered him and he threatened DeLeon.
“They drove off and he said something like, ‘I’m going to come back for you,’” DeLeon said. “And he did.”
The suspect drove off and returned shortly after the victim was on her way via ambulance to a nearby hospital. Though this time, the suspect came armed with more than his fists.
The man fired at DeLeon, striking him in the arm. DeLeon, a registered gun owner, returned fire and the suspect fled the scene in a white Lexus. The vehicle was found abandoned near Downtown Fresno.
Both DeLeon and the female victim are receiving treatment, but are expected to be okay. DeLeon was congratulated by local authorities and should not receive charges.
According to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, deputies have identified the suspect as 21-year-old Eli Guiba. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Eli Guiba is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at (559) 600-3111 or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP (7867).