Two strangers going separate ways in their cars met at a traffic stop in Vancouver, Washington, and soon united for a good cause.
As Joey Thomas was on his way back home from work and William Byrum was going to a friend’s house, traffic came to a halt, and the two came across a concerning sight.
According to the police, both lanes exiting the road were blocked and a multiple time criminal offender, 26-year-old Darrell Classen, was seen punching a woman inside a moving car.
The lady who was being subjected to abuse managed to somehow pull over to the side and get out of the car, after which she ran straight into the traffic to disappear into the crowd. But Classen continued to chase her.
"At that point I got out of my truck and me and a couple other guys started chasing him," Thomas said. Byrum, who was also chasing Classen, finally managed to get hold of him upon which he body slammed the suspect. "I picked him up and just slammed him down on the ground so that I could get on top of him," he said.
Many bystanders also joined Thomas and Byrum and the two good Samaritans men pinned Classen down near the side of the road. Using pieces of Thomas’ briefcase, temporary handcuffs were made which were used to keep the suspect under control.
Byrum also told Classen, "Yeah, you're going to jail. We are gonna sit here until the cops get here and you're going to jail."
"The way I look at it is, you don't hit women. I would hope if it were my wife or my mom, somebody else would have taken action if I wasn't there," Thomas said.
Classen was arrested and charged with assault and reckless endangerment. His records showed he previously escaped the police and failed to register as a sex offender.
Nothing, however, is known about the woman in the car and her relationship with Classen or why he was allegedly beating her up. Investigators hope to look into the matter soon to resolve the mystery.