In terrifying footage that went viral this past Tuesday, November 3, two women from London, England, chase down and scare away a man who was attempting to kidnap and sexually assault a young girl.
In the video, the two women saw a man pushing a young girl into an ally and immediately took action.
the woman in mitcham who literally saved that school girl from a predator, thank you so much. you are a real life hero.
i am praying for healing and access to mental health support for that young girl.
i hope man dem find him and stomp on his head. immediately.
— Daniellé DASH (@DanielleDASH) November 3, 2020
They shouted at the man and asked what he was doing. He told them to mind their own business and that the girl was his “sister.” At this point, he began pushing the young girl away with a hand over her mouth.
Anyone in the Merton area (Mitcham/Colliers Wood) look out for this disgusting pedophile🤬 pic.twitter.com/PHhexwrneW
— Haych Munna (@BigFrencho) November 3, 2020
The women, still filming the encounter, followed him, shouting after the girl to see if she was ok. The man, who was wearing a hood, had his hand on the back of the girl’s neck.
"Is that the same one who just walked past us, mum?"
God bless the women who intervened when a man claimed a schoolgirl he was walking with was his "family". She was not. If you know the man in the video, believed to be from the Mitcham area, please contact police.
— Dionne Grant (@DionneGrant) November 3, 2020
Finally, the man stops and makes a final attempt to make the women stop following him. When the two women approach and ask the girl if she’s ok, the man flees the scene.
Please protect girls and young women. Do not walk by if you notice something suspicious- thank god for the quick actions of the two women who intervened #Mitcham 😔😔
— Florence Eshalomi MP (@FloEshalomi) November 3, 2020
The young girl then tells the women, through sobs, that she didn’t know the man.
She tells them that the man grabbed her on the way to school, forced her into an alley, and ordered her to perform “sexual acts on him.”
It’s so upsetting that rape & paedolphilia takes place on this earth. Now, us females are going to have to learn self defence skills and methods just to keep ourselves safe, especially what was caught on camera this morning in Mitcham . On my page, will be self defence videos pic.twitter.com/ysg6Y2nqAd
— bryanna (@brii22x) November 3, 2020
Using footage provided by the women, as well as security camera footage from nearby, police were able to identify the suspect as 26-year-old Kadian Nelson.
A search began for Nelson, with outraged crowds of people gathering outside his home.
This man is a pedophile on the run… please refer to my Instagram footage it is totally heartbreaking… Kadian Nelson is from Mitcham. please call the police if you see him. pic.twitter.com/raep36L4xT
— AISLEYNE (@Aisleyne1) November 3, 2020
The girl and her mum that trusted their instinct and followed that man trying to abduct the little girl in Mitcham… I salute you !!!!!! Hearing her terror at the end of the video turned my stomach. He does not deserve to live and they deserve fucking MBE’s !!!!!!
— Georgia Ndah (@NdahGeorgia) November 3, 2020
Police urged civilians to “go home,” saying vigilante violence will result in prosecution from the state.
Kadian Nelson is rightly being ripped apart on Twitter but let’s take a moment to salute the brave woman who refused to look the other way and chased this guy down. In a world where people put their heads down, well done to you for holding yours high. You likely saved a life here https://t.co/77o3XIOcuR
— Shady McCoy (@labourvoters22) November 3, 2020
As well as identifying and getting that pedophile from Mitcham arrested, I hope that the little girl gets all the help she needs after that traumatic experience!! Thank God for that woman and her mum🙏🏾
— Farida Said (@faridasaid02) November 3, 2020
Nelson is now in custody. Police praised the bravery of the two women who filmed the video. Mitcham and Morden MP Siobhain McDonagh commented:
“The extraordinary bravery of a lady who followed and filmed them has almost certainly saved the victim from even further distress.”