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Police: Good Samaritans Helped Catch Suspect In Katonah Kidnapping Attempt

Katonah Metro-North Railroad Station (file / credit: MTA)

Katonah Metro-North Railroad Station (file / credit: MTA)

KATONAH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - A woman is safe and two young men are being credited with ensuring that after police in Katonah say she was the victim of a kidnapping attempt.

This is all quite startling for such a quiet place.

Police say that on Monday afternoon, in the heart of Katonah on Parkway, near plenty of shops and the train station, a homeless man, 28-year-old Travis Walker, pounced on a 37-year-old woman and forced his way into her car.

He allegedly held her and tried to drive away.

Witness Doug Gallagher said that’s when an 18-year-old good Samaritan came to the rescue.

“This guy could not have been any braver. I was really, really impressed by him,” Gallagher told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams. “He was big… I’d say maybe he was about 6’1″ / 6’1″ and a half. Well built… All he cared about was getting her out of that car.”

Gallagher said he used his car to block the suspect from getting away and then pulled the woman away from his grasp.

Police say a 22-year-old also helped out and corned the suspect until officers arrived.

They have not yet been identified, but there’s already talk of honoring them sometime in the future.