Jason Blake stepped in when a man was threatening to hurt a woman holding a baby, and was mowed down by a vehicle for his efforts.
But the Langley landscaper says he’d do it all over again if he witnessed the same kind of behaviour.
On Feb. 22, around 1:20 p.m., Blake was working, doing some gardening around the parking lot of Staples store in the 20100 block of Willowbrook Drive, when he witnessed a man in his early 20s in a silver VW Jetta verbally abusing a young woman, telling her to get in the car.
“This guy was screaming at this girl, who was maybe 18, if that,” said Blake.
“It was really bothersome the way he was talking to her, but others were seeing it too, so I kept working.”
Then a woman carrying a near-newborn in her arms was verbally attacked, said Blake.
“He started threatening to kill that woman — and she was just walking by. I don’t even think she said anything to him. That’s when I decided I had to step in.”
Blake said he approached the car, saying, “Dude, relax.” Blake said he told the guy he shouldn’t talk to people like that.
“He said to me, ‘You trying to be a hero?'” After a few more words were exchanged, the driver appeared to leave. That’s when he circled back and accelerated his car towards Blake.
“I watched him do this and kind of half froze.”
Blake said he managed to jump onto the vehicle’s hood. He hit the windshield with his body and rolled off.
The suspect then screamed at the girl to get into the vehicle, said Blake, who was left lying on the ground. The girl at first refused, but eventually got in and they drove off.
Blake called 911, as did others. Police are investigating what they are calling a hit-and-run and assault with a weapon.
“He took a car and intended to hurt me. He is a danger,” said Blake.
“He yelled at a stranger with a baby and a girl, he’s still out there.”
Other witnesses got the driver’s licence plate number and passed it on to police.
According to Langley RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Largy, the registered owner had taken the vehicle into a garage to get it worked on. That’s where police tracked down the owner.
Officers will also do a video canvas of the area, to see if any businesses had surveillance footage of the hit-and-run, she said.
“The investigation is ongoing,” said Largy.
The suspect is described as possibly Persian, short black hair, clean-shaven, wearing a grey hoodie. He is roughly six feet tall and has a skinny build.
Blake is currently unable to work because of the injuries he sustained in the incident.
Anyone who witnessed this altercation or has information about the suspect is asked to call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.