A group of good Samaritans are being credited with saving a 76-year-old woman from having her purse stolen by a 23-year-old man in Orange County.
That woman was attacked in the parking lot of the Winn-Dixie grocery store on University Boulevard, near Goldenrod Road Wednesday afternoon.
"I had to do something. Sitting back and watching, it wouldn’t feel right. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night, that could have been my grandmother," said good Samaritan Kendrick Taylor.
In the surveillance video, which was released by the Orange County Sheriff's Office, you can see a 76-year-old woman getting her purse violently snatched.
But luckily for her, deputies said 10 good Samaritans heard her cries for help in the parking lot and they didn’t hesitate to act and chased down and tackled the suspect.
"He was trying to get me to get off of him and telling me to let him go but I was telling him what he did was wrong and the police were going to decide what was going to happen because what he did was just absolutely unacceptable," Taylor explained.
As of Thursday night, the suspect, 24-year-old John Zachary Desjardin is behind bars at the Orange County Jail.
Desjardin is facing attempted robbery and battery charges. However, he is being held without bond for a violation of probation in a previous theft case.
Meanwhile, 24-year-old Kendrick Taylor is the man seen in the surveillance video chasing down and tackling the suspect. Taylor said his core values compelled him to act, it didn't even require thinking twice.
"I’m a U.S. Navy veteran so I just stick to my core values, honor, courage and commitment," Taylor shared.
"If you see something, you know what’s right is right, and I think us being Americans should just stand up for each other, just stand up for what’s right and not look to the other person to try to act on it but act on it yourself and that will make us all better at the end of day," Taylor concluded.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the 76-year-old woman suffered only minor injuries. Her rescuers were just glad they were close enough to make a difference.