Three young men are being hailed as heroes for rescuing a woman who was being assaulted behind a Hampton Road business in Rothesay on Wednesday.
Brandon Childs, 18, Keith Bishop, 19, and Erik Pitre, 21, were working outside at KV Rentals, pushing equipment back inside for the day around 5 p.m. when Childs noticed a commotion in a wooded area across the way.
"I just looked over and saw something weird going on over there," Childs said Thursday. He quickly realized it was an altercation between a man and a woman and noticed the woman had a cut on her head.
Then the woman fell to the ground, "and we knew something was wrong."
The man got on top of the woman and was shaking her, saying, "Come on, we've got to go," said Bishop.
"She said, 'Get off me get off me, get out of here,'" he said. "It was scary."
Then the man had victim "pinned up against the tree ... and he just gave her a good shot," said Pitre.
"So that's when we stepped in," he said. "We weren't going to let anything like that happen."
The three men surrounded the woman to protect her, and Pitre called 911.
"We weren't going to hit [the man] unless he swang first," said Bishop. "I said, 'I'm going to crack you. This is really making me mad.'"
The situation was tense, said Pitre. They were concerned the man might have a knife because "he kept reaching into his sweater," said Bishop.
But within minutes, they heard sirens and the woman's attacker ran off down a path. Kennebecasis Regional police said he was apprehended in a vehicle in Rothesay a short time later.
Bishop's father, who owns the KV Rentals shop where the young men work, said he's proud of their actions.
"Oh, I think it's great for kids that age to get involved and help out rather than just ignore it, or walk away," said Andrew Bishop.
The woman was "pretty messed up, all bloody," said Pitre, who tried to find out how the fight started.
"What I got out of it was she went and picked up a new prescription of methadone yesterday and he stole it, got high or whatever, then ended up beating her up," he said.
"Then she went to go get more, and they wouldn't give her more, because she just picked up yesterday. So he got mad at that and ended up taking it out on her.
"We caught him in time, luckily. … It was starting to get pretty violent, so it could have been a bad situation."
Christopher Albert Belyea, 45, of Saint John appeared in provincial court on Thursday afternoon to face charges of assault causing bodily harm and possession of marijuana.
He did not enter any pleas and remains in custody, with a bail hearing scheduled for March 13 at 9:30 a.m.
The woman was taken to hospital, where she received stitches for her injuries, police said.