Florida store clerk helps save woman when he sees her mouthing ‘help’ from inside car

A convenience store clerk may have saved a woman’s life by responding to her silent plea for help.

A clerk at a Kangaroo Express in Jacksonville, Florida, called police after spotting a woman mouthing the word “help” while seated inside a car in the store’s parking lot.

mugshot Jose Ramos Sandoval

Jose Ramos Sandoval (Jacksonville Police Department)

The clerk dialed 911 shortly after 1 a.m. on Sunday after spotting the suspicious activity. When police spotted the vehicle the female victim was being held in, the driver fled. He was captured after a brief car cahse, according to a Facebook post by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

“During the interview of the suspect, he admitted to the incident,” police said. “The suspect, Jose Ramos Sandoval, was arrested for False Imprisonment, Fleeing Police, and Violation of Probation.”

The female victim told police she was walking to a pub when the suspect approached her and asked if she wanted a ride. The victim said she thought the suspect was a known acquaintance of one of her friends, so she got in the car. And that’s when Sandoval started driving off in another direction.

“When the victim attempted to exit the vehicle for reasons of safety, she said the suspect reached over and grabbed her hair to keep her confined inside the vehicle,” according to police. “He refused to let her leave.”

In the end, the suspect was arrested, and the victim was unharmed. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office thanked the convenience store clerk for helping someone in need. “Getting involved makes a big difference, we can’t thank you enough,” authorities said.

This isn’t the first time that a conscientious employee saved someone’s life. In January 2017, a heroic security guard shot a serial bank robber dead after he charged into Alpine Bank in Rockford, Illinois.

Security footage caught the entire incident on video, where robber Laurence Turner barged into the bank wearing a ski mask while brandishing a gun. Security guard Brian Harrison whipped out his gun and shot the robber dead when he saw the perp was waving a gun around.

The attempted robbery occurred while three bank employees were on duty. No one was hurt during the terrifying incident.

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Police said Laurence Turner had stolen his mother’s car the morning of the robbery. He had committed three other armed robberies during the past three months, including a local jewelry store and two other banks. An autopsy later revealed that Turner had opiates and other drugs in his system.

Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang is a politics/lifestyle writer and a financial editor. She is a law school graduate and an alum of the University of Pennsylvania. You can find her on Twitter at @Samantha_Chang.
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