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Good Samaritans aid victim of attempted carjacking

April 26, 2012 |  6:58 am

Some good Samaritans are being credited by police for coming to the aid of the victim of an attempted carjacking in San Juan Capistrano.

A woman pulled into a shopping plaza Tuesday to mail some packages when Brian Cain, 23, allegedly punched her in the face with a lighter in his hand. Police believe Cain intended to carjack her 2012 Porsche.

"I was sitting in my car and getting out... and he was right here, right at me," the victim, who did not want to be identified, told KTLA-TV.

When the woman fell to the ground screaming for help, bystanders in nearby stores came to her aid.

While she ran into a nearby clothing store for safety, Cain ran into a salon, police said. A salon surveillance camera captured him running inside with his shirt wrapped around his face. Salon employee Ryan Salzar and another man ran after him.

"We cornered him in the office," Salzar said. "[He] took a swing at the older man. After that I took him by his waist and we both took him down to the ground, and we held him there until the police arrived."

Cain was arrested on suspicion of battery, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted carjacking. He was expected to be arraigned Thursday morning.

The victim said she wanted everyone to know how grateful she was.

"I am so thankful for everybody that came out and helped me," she said.


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