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Man praised for stepping in after woman assaulted at Vancouver McDonald’s – BC

A person residing on the streets in Vancouver is being praised as a hero for stepping in to assist a girl who was being attacked at a fast-food restaurant within the West End.

James Mickelson was getting his morning espresso on the McDonald’s on Davie Road at Cardero round 9 a.m. Tuesday when he stated an altercation broke out between a person and a girl.

The person had been attempting to entry the washroom, police stated.

“When he realized it was occupied, he grew to become very violently annoyed, started kicking the door, and he threw his espresso. This espresso then landed on one of many victims,” Const. Tania Visintin stated.

When a girl, a vacationer in her 60s, requested the person to depart, Mickelson stated the suspect punched her.

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“I needed to step in and I needed to mainly take somebody down and put him on the counter whereas he was pointing a butterknife into my neck,” he stated.

“After which I let him up and pushed his cart out (the door). That’s when the knife fell out of his hand and two officers got here from Safeway and began to take management of the scene.”


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The person, in his 40s, was arrested and is going through expenses of assault with a weapon. He’s recognized to police — and Mickelson.

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“That is the second time I’ve put that gentleman to the bottom,” he stated.

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Mickelson is well-known on Davie Road, the place many, like artist Sacha Christiano, are applauding his actions.

“Truthfully, I’m not stunned,” Christiano stated upon listening to in regards to the incident. “The characters in this sort of group — we, surprisingly sufficient, have a whole lot of sturdy morals and impulses, so you’ll anticipate one thing like that. I’m stunned he didn’t damage him any additional, I assume, for such disrespect.”

Whereas police say Vancouver continues to be seeing a median of 4 random and unprovoked assaults per day, they urge individuals to not intervene.

“Nonetheless, on this case, this man did a really heroic gesture. He stood as much as anyone and confronted anyone in a time of hazard, so it was very courageous of him to take action.”

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Seemingly unfrazed, Mickelson managed to complete his espresso after the incident.

“It’s like I stated, you by no means hit a girl in my presence ’trigger you’ll remorse it.”

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– with recordsdata from Lasia Kretzel

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