All Heroes Don’t Wear Capes: Homeless Man Stops Attempted Rape in D.C.

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When most people think of the homeless, they visualize lazy, dirty bums who are mentally insane and dangerous to the public. But anyone could fall on hard times and end up seeking shelter on the cold city streets. Even those of us who are pure at heart.

Take Ketrell Ferguson, a recently homeless man who reportedly stopped a rape-in-progress in Washington D.C. last week.

At around 3:30 a.m., Ferguson was looking for a place to sleep when he heard screams and saw a man and woman struggling behind a bus stop. Ferguson initially thought it was a robbery, but realized the woman was trying to ward off a rape attack when he saw the man on top of her.

Ferguson told NBC Washington that he had family members who’d been raped so he felt compelled to do something. Noticing a stick and a half brick next to the bus stop, the young hero proceeded to strike the attacker with all of his strength.

“As soon as he lifted his head up, I smacked him with the stick hard as I could in his head,” Ferguson said. “He fell off the lady, stumbled and I smacked him again and I just kept smacking him with the stick as hard as I could.”

Ferguson said he then went to a nearby apartment and told the residents to call the police because there had been a rape.

Authorities found 23-year-old Alemen Gonzalo an hour later bleeding from the head, not far from where the attack had taken place. According to police, he had offered to pay the woman for sex, but when she refused, he attacked. Gonzalo was charged with intent to commit first-degree sexual assault.

“Even though I’m going through hard times, God put in me in a place where I could help,” Ferguson said. “I was at the right place at right time.”

God bless him.

A GoFundMe page was started to help Ketrell get back on his feet. You can click here to donate.

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