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This Guy Stopped a Group of Gang Bangers From Killing a Couple on the Street

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Bystander apathy is a thing. People will stand by and watch others in distress, or–worse, perhaps–walk right by. And it is becasue of cases like this. Once you get involved, as this man did, there are consequences. But those consequences often mean you save a life. And that makes it worth it.

Just look at the expression on this no-a-bystander’s face. Seven years ago, Jonathan Katz-Moses was walking home from a job at a nightclub in Santa Barbara, California. It was late, after 2:00 a.m. He walked up on a group of people harassing a couple. He could have walked away.

Katz-Moses didn’t. He pulled out a flashlight and tried to blind the assailants with light. It didn’t work. They turned on him. The attack could have cost him his life. It might have if a cab hadn’t come by. The cabbie tried to run them off, which alerted a nearby police officer.

Katz-Moses fought with his attackers. He ended up with a broken nose and a fractured eye socket. Yet he was able to tell police about his attackers.

David Campoverde, 18, Jhovanny Reyes-Canales, 18, and a 16-year-old were arrested.

The original newspaper report was thin on the details, so Katz-Moses took to social media to explain his side further.

“I had just got home from a bartending shift and was walking my dog. My neighbors across the street, who were gangbangers liked to harass anyone latino looking that walked by. They were drinking and I happen to walk up when they had a couple surrounded with knives, bats and some other various weapons. I had my bartending flashlight on me and shone it on them hoping they would run thinking I was the cops. this ended up being what saved me because they all threw their weapons as they ran. They quickly realized I wasn’t a cop and came back but the couple had a quick second to get away. I ended up fighting them for quite some time. The police report and my neighbors (girls who thankfully grabbed my sweet golden retriever) said that I lasted for over a minute and was holding my own.”

“Then a cab driver tried to help by running some of them over. That separated me from the group and allowed one of them to pick up a 2×4 and crack me in the back of the head. Luckily a police officer drove by about the time they were dragging my unconscious body up the street and kicking me. When I woke up there was so much blood I thought I was dead and this was the afterlife. I looked up and realized from the expression on the 40 or so onlookers that I was not haha. This was the busy downtown area and the bars had just closed so their were a bunch of people who came to look what was going on and about 10 cop cars and an ambulance. I ended up with a broken eye socket, broken nose, two broken hands from fighting for so long, 40-50 stitches/staples in face and head. The victim’s restitution find payed all my bills and the stiffest sentence handed out was 1 year and the guy got out almost a month after because he never posted bail. They only ended up arresting 3 guys. One I had knocked out, one was bleeding and they followed the trail to an unlocked parked car, and my neighbor who lived in the house across the street. The scariest part was the 4 days they waited to arrest my neighbor. Every Time detectives would come over the gangsters would hang out on their porch and stare at us talking on my porch.”

“Actually a month prior to this incident I helped him get out of being arrested. His baby mama was screaming he had a gun and I saw the whole thing and he never did. When the cops showed up they threw him in the back of the cop car, no questions asked. I walked over and told them the real story. He thanked me profusely and then a month later beat the shit out of me.”

That’s gratitude for you.