It was a scary moment for two little girls when a stranger approached them at a park and tried to lure them away. Thankfully, a neighbor saw the situation and stepped in to help.
‘Viper’ MacDonald saw a man approach two young girls in Hallglen Park in Falkirk, Scotland and immediately became suspicious. He and his son, Brandon, were quick to intervene.
The 50-year-old stranger had biked up to the girls and tried to lure them into the woods near the park by asking for help finding his jacket. Once MacDonald noticed what was going on, he stepped in and held the man down.
He told the girls to run to his wife, Shelley, who was standing nearby. The family called the police and MacDonald restrained the man until they arrived.
Thankfully, both girls were completely unharmed and MacDonald is now being heralded as a hero. Because of his actions, the man has been arrested and will be going to court for attempted kidnapping.
“This absolute beastie scum tried to get my daughter and her friend to go into the woods with him in broad daylight,” one of the girl’s moms wrote on Facebook, The Daily Mail reported. “They were playing at the park when he’s [sic] approached them on his bike asking if they would help him find his jacket.”
Instead of expressing anger, the other mom took a different approach. “Rather than sharing the picture of the [expletive] that has been charged with attempted abduction of our daughters….share the hero’s photo!” she wrote on Facebook.
“This is the people you should be sharing and talking about – not the beast that’s currently in a jail cell!! People who put the safety of their community first and aren’t afraid to question a situation that looks wrong,” she continued.
“We will never be able to express our thanks to him and his family enough,” the heartfelt message concluded. The post included a picture of MacDonald and revealed some interesting details.
With his face heavily tattooed and his ear lobes stretched, MacDonald doesn’t look like your average hero. He proved to everyone the importance of not judging a book by its cover.
Meanwhile, thanks to MacDonald and his family, police are taking the situation seriously and have asked people to come forward if they have any more information. “There will continue to be a police presence in the area as we conduct our inquiries and anyone with concerns is encouraged to speak to officers,” inspector Jo Jollie said.