A Real Life Hero Patricio Salazar met his early grave after attempt to intervene to stop a sexual assault on a lady.
The 54-year-old Salazar died at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, U.S., Thursday night after he was allegedly attacked by Michael Nash, 27-year-old. A Statement by the Arlington County Police reads.
Investigators said Nash was walking with a woman he knew when he began to physically and sexually assault her.
Salazar watched the assault and tried to save the victim, only to meet his untimely death at the fist of Nash, according to police.
A second witness, 27-year-old Brad Flood, told WUSA-TV, he went to the crime scene after he heard the voice of the woman screaming.
“I saw a girl, unclothed, sitting there curled up in a ball. And she was the one screaming. “He was like, ‘Don’t call the cops; you call the cops, I will end your world. Brad Flood added.
“He came enough into the light that I could see a bunch of blood on his fists,” said Flood, who added that Nash confronted and threatened him. Soon after, Flood said he saw Salazar laying on the ground.
“There was a lot of blood; a lot of blood on his face, his head. “I asked if he was OK, he said he was in a lot of pain. He said his back and his head hurt,” Flood added.
Arlington police said Salazar was comatose when he arrived at the hospital.
“I was able to reiterate to him multiple times that he’s a hero. So, at least he heard that multiple times,”
Flood told WUSA Investigators said Nash took off from the scene of the crime and tried to steal a cell phone from two persons, but they resisted, and he deserted. He eventually stole a cell phone from another woman, police further explained.
Nash was apprehended without incident later that evening and charged with abduction with the intent to defile, forcible sodomy and animate object sexual penetration.
More charges still pending. Flood created A GoFundMe page to raise money for Salazar’s family and had raised nearly $5,700 (N2,079,816) of its $10,000 (N3,648,800) goal as of Monday night.
Flood wrote that if Salazar’s family refuses the money, he will donate it to the victim or a charity that supports sexual assault victims.