After witnessing an altercation between an abusive man and his distressed partner at a bus station, one teen hatched a brilliant strategy to come to the rescue.
In the end, it worked so spectacularly that police reportedly said they had never seen anything like it before.
But thankfully for the victim, their shock and surprise was her salvation.
Malyk Bonnet finished work and then saw a man yelling at a woman at a bus station.
On August 1, 2015, 17-year-old Montreal-resident Malyk Bonnet had just finished his shift as a cook. As he left the restaurant, he spotted an abusive man yelling at a woman at a nearby bus station.
“The guy was screaming at her, the girl,” Malyk told CBC News. “He wasn’t really gentle with her, and I started watching, because I thought he would hit her, so I approached them a little bit.”
When he approached, however, the couple ceased the commotion and asked Malyk for some change—they wanted the bus fare so they could return to their home in another town, Laval.
Malyk agreed and took them to a convenience store; there he managed to get a moment alone with the woman.
“The girl was saying, ‘please help me,’” Malyk told CBC News. “‘He don’t want to let me go. I want to go home but he don’t want to let me go.’”
Malyk could not ignore her suffering—he began to hatch a brilliant rescue plane.
That was the moment Malyk decided to continue his involvement, and he did so by creating an ingenious rescue plan.
His first step was to get close to them. Even though he lived in Montreal, Malyk told them that he also lived in Laval and wanted to accompany them on the bus.
“My plan was to keep them in a public place, where there’s a lot of people,” Malyk told CBC News. “I decided to make myself friendly with the man, so he would trust me. So I played my game.”
Malyk was big for a 17-year-old, but he was involving himself in a dangerous situation. Unbeknownst to him, police were on the lookout for the couple already and the man was reportedly very dangerous.
“We were looking for a 29-year-old woman who was kidnapped by her former boyfriend earlier that day, and we believed that man was very dangerous,” Laval police Lt. Daniel Guérin told CBC News.
Ignorant of the danger—Malyk played it cool.
Still, Malyk kept his cool; he chatted with the man and awaited an opportunity to call the police.
He soon got his chance once they arrived in Laval. There, he offered to buy the couple some food—he even gave the man $50 of his own money to do so.
But once inside the grocery store, Malyk told the couple that he needed to use the bathroom. His moment had come.
Even though his phone had died, he was able to borrow someone else’s and called the police.
They arrived minutes later, and both the abusive man and his victim were taken completely unaware.
Neither the man, nor the woman realized who had called the police.
“He was really surprised, he didn’t know that it was me,” Malyk told CBC News. “So I played my game right.”
At the time, the woman did not realize Malyk was the one who had called the police, but the expression on her face when she looked at him made the entire effort worth it.
“She was almost crying,” Malyk told CBC News. “She was so happy, so happy not to be with him.”
In total, Malyk spent around $120 of his own money to make sure that the woman was saved. But the money meant little to him.
“I mean yo, money ain’t nothing,” Malyk told CBC News. “Food ain’t nothing. For a life? A life is really more important than my money.”
But he wasn’t going away empty handed.
The police were so impressed with his plan and quick thinking that they began a fundraiser and raised around $255 to reimburse the heroic boy.
“He managed the situation very well and took good decisions that probably saved the life of this woman,” Guérin told CBC News.
According to CBC News, Guérin added that in 24 years of service he had not seen anything like it before.
But the police were not the only ones impressed.
Malyk’s actions propelled him to superstardom within his community.
Malyk became a local hero as his story of heroism spread.
In fact, throughout his CBC interview, five different strangers came up to thank him and one even asked to take a selfie.
Malyk was surprised by every one of them; of course, he was not in it for the praise.
But once he understood what his actions meant to his community, even he couldn’t help but be impressed.
“Now I realize what I did and wow … it’s really awesome,” Malyk told CBC News. “I mean, I saved a life!”