“I thought if he did something crazy, he would get angry or something,” said an 8-year-old girl after being taken hostage by a man who threatened her with a knife inside the a Walgreens pharmacy in Los Angeles.
On Friday night the girl Natanyah Garcia went with her mother to the pharmacy located in the 1600 block of Sunset Boulevard, in the neighborhood of Echo Park, to buy a cough syrup.
When the mother and daughter left the establishment, a man who was at the door pulled a butcher knife out of a paper bag and grabbed the girl by force.
According to witnesses, the man seemed to be upset while at all times the girl showed strength and remained calm in what some customers tried to convince him not to hurt her.
In an oversight, one of the customers tried to grab the knife and caused the man to release the girl, who immediately ran to safety.
“She was a very brave girl, she did not get upset,” said Victor Solomon, one of the good Samaritans who intervened in the brief hostage-taking.
The man tried to escape, but at that moment a Los Angeles Police patrol (LAPD) arrived and arrested him. The suspect appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug, according to the police report.
NBC’s local television station picked up Natanyah’s testimony after the incident: “When I saw it, I turned down and saw this knife, and I said what’s going on. I kept calm because I thought if I did something crazy, he would get angry or something like that. ”
The girl said she was happy to be alive because she does not want to miss the opportunity to become a doctor.