Men praised for saving woman from beating at Walmart

Courtesy: (KOIN)

WOODLAND, Wash. (KOIN) — Three men came to the aid of a woman being beaten in the parking lot of the Woodland Walmart, and she is grateful these strangers came to her aid.

Surveillance video captured Jennifer Richards walking across the parking lot with her boyfriend, Owen Castonguay. They walk just out of the frame, and then re-appear as Castonguay grabs Richards, throws her to the ground and begins beating her.

Shaen Ross, 37, Brandon Webb, 43 and Sean Lawley, 36, were in the parking lot of the Walmart on Dike Access Road when they saw this happen. They all rushed in and stopped the beating.

One of the men who intervened, Brandon Webb, said he didn’t have time to think about it and just reacted. Richards said his intervention stopped a bad situation from getting worse.

“I am so thankful for these three men who helped me and I kind of got a glimpse of them when I was holding my head, but I don’t know who they are,” Richards told KOIN 6 News.

“I didn’t think anybody was out there to help. Like I said, I didn’t even know what had happened to me and then all of a sudden he’s being pulled off of me and held down,” she said. “I’m really thankful for these men.”

Webb, who lives in Ariel, helped pull Castonguay, 33, off Richards. He now faces a 4th-degree assault charge.

Woodland Police credit the men from preventing serious injury to the woman.

“He wanted us to let him go and that wasn’t happening and he seemed to be complaining,” Webb told KOIN 6 News. “He was having trouble breathing and I suggested we roll him over, so we did and then he started putting up a little fight again. So I pinned his arm behind his back and we just stayed there until the police came.”

The men who came to her rescue pulled her attacker off and the fact that someone cared enough to get involved has bolstered her faith in people.

The fact they intervened “makes good men,” she said.

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