Men who pulled attacker off pregnant woman honored at Crimestoppers breakfast
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - In a room full of police officers, three civilians are getting a standing ovation.
Jordan Jones, Asa Smith and Michael Wilks are humble, but they're being recognized at the annual Crimestoppers breakfast for helping save a woman.
"I didn't know she was pregnant until we got over there and I got the guy up off of her. It was a scary thing," Smith said.
Police say Anthony Smith attacked the woman as she was walking her dog in the East End. She was nine-months pregnant at the time.
Police say Anthony Smith knocked the woman to the ground, punching her several times and trying to rape her. The woman fought back, screaming loudly enough for people to hear.
The good Samaritans were nearby at the LeBlond Recreation Center.
"Seemed like it was a commotion, and with the help of our other staff, the women recognizing that another woman maybe 100 feet from us was screaming," Jones said.
The men pulled the attacker off of the woman, wrestling him to the ground and holding him there until police arrived.
Asa Smith added, "You don't want to see that. No man should be beating on a woman at all."
The woman who survived the attack asked us not to use her name, but she wanted to share thoughts about the men who helped her.
"There are good people out there, and there are good men out there that do want to help and they are role models," she said. "I just think it's so special that they are getting the recognition that they deserve. Obviously, I am so thankful that they were there that day, but I just think it's awesome that so many people are feeling the same way about them."
Jones, Asa Smith, and Wilks work as teacher's assistants and coaches for Cincinnati Public Schools. They're grateful they could set an example for the children.
Wilks said, "It felt amazing. Without the help of my coworkers and other assistance, then we wouldn't have been able to make it happen."
The men say there were other people who helped that day as well and that is was a group effort to do the right thing.
Anthony Smith is in the Hamilton County Jail. He's being held on a $2-million bond for felonious assault and a $1-million bond for attempted rape.