A gas station clerk in California is a hero after her quick-thinking helped save a woman who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted by a group of armed men. The unidentified victim convinced her captors to pull over at the gas station so she could use the restroom.
When she entered the Triple R Gas and Mini Mart, she told Savannah Pritchett what happened and begged for help. Pritchett didn't hesitate and gave the woman her cell phone and locked her in the bathroom while she called the police.
“Everything that happened, it was just instinct for me, like I knew that I had to keep her hidden,” Pritchett told FOX 40.
Deputies showed up with their guns drawn and arrested 18-year-old Anthony Sandoval and two 16-year-olds. They arrested a fourth teenager in connection with the kidnapping the next day.
Police said that the suspects have gang ties and are facing multiple charges for kidnapping, armed robbery, and sexual assault.
“Her bravery and quick-thinking saved a woman who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted,” the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said in a Facebook post. “The clerk stepped up, locked the doors, hid the woman and called our deputies... When we work together, we can do great things in our community.”