Disabled Woman Helps Catch Attacker

At a library in Rock Island, Illinois, a disabled woman helped to prevent a man from attacking a woman. On August 3, Nikki Clark was using the computer at the Rock Island Public Library. She then heard someone screaming for help. Due to her disability, she wasn't able to physically help but she did start screaming and taking photos to document the attack.

Clark said “I knew the story was so unbelievable, I just wanted to have his face. I’m a victim of crime myself, and I know that evidence is the most important thing to get somebody sent to jail, and so I needed evidence for her.” Clark also posted the photos on her Facebook page, where it received over 700 shares. She said she hopes her actions will encourage others to do the same.

She stated “We think it’s not going to happen to us, but it can. And it can happen in places that we feel safe. If it was my daughter screaming for help, I would want somebody to immediately run and help her. I guess I just want people to step up and do the right thing, not be so desensitized to the violence that we can’t even come to a scream for help.” The alleged attacker, 33-year-old Zohir Mohamed-Mustafa, was arrested and charged with felony aggravated battery. He is being held on $25,000 bond.

Photo: Cosmopolitan, ABC 7 News

The man was arrested shortly after the attack.

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