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Sneak Attack: Woman Shocked by Surprise Proposal
CINCINNATI (Angenette Levy) -- It was an ambush planned with military precision.
Armed with a diamond engagement ring and a plan, Ohio Army National Guard Sgt. Brandon Scott asked his girlfriend to marry him. Scott has been dating Latoya Ricks of Colerain Twp. for just three months. But, he said he knew on their first date that he wanted to marry her.
He will soon be deployed overseas for a year.
"Just to wow her, honestly. With the help of my military friends, just knocking her socks off. Hopefully making her cry," Scott said of his proposal goal.
Scott, 31, enlisted the help of his army buddies, his three children and the Tri-County Mall. His military friends told him that he needed to do something big. Wearing his dress blues, Scott hid behind a pillar at the mall.
Latoya's cousin, Sekinah Horton, was in on the ruse. She told Latoya she needed her to go shopping with her.
"It was hard keeping her away from everything going on. She's so antsy. She's like let's go here, let's go there. I'm like, let's go here," Horton said.
As she walked through the mall with her cousin, Latoya was met by several men wearing camouflage fatigues. She wasn't sure what was happening until she saw her son, her parents and friends. Scott emerged and spoke to Latoya using a microphone as curious shoppers snapped videos with their cell phones.
"I want you to be a part of my family forever," Scott said.
Brandon asked his three children, Jada, Jersey and Braedon, if they approved. They all said yes. Then, he asked Toya's son Keith, 7, for his approval.
"I love you man, you know that? You want me to be your step-dad? Is it OK if I marry your mom?"
Brandon Scott got down on one knee in front of a fountain at the mall and popped the question. Ricks said yes.
"When I saw my whole family I didn't know what to think. Just excited. Just very, very excited It's huge. How sweet is that? It's amazing. Like, it's amazing."
Scott said his heart was pounding as he waited for Ricks to walk with her military escort to the fountain.
"It went exactly how I envisioned it. I was very nervous I can't wait to get back and start my life with her."
Scott is based in Columbus. He will ask for a transfer to the Cincinnati area when he returns from his deployment.