Quick-thinking petrol station attendant saved kidnapping victim by locking her in the store bathroom, police say



Gas station clerk saves woman from suspected kidnappers

California gas station clerk Savannah Pritchett is hailed a hero for saving a woman from four teenagers who allegedly kidnapped and sexually abused her.

A quick-thinking California gas station employee is being praised after she helped a woman out of four teenagers suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting her.

Savannah Pritchett was working at Triple R Gas and Mini-Mart in Waterford, on Wednesday when a woman walked in and asked to help her.

The 24-year-old does not hesitate to act and took the woman to the rear and locked her in before calling the police.

“Everything that happened, it was just an instinct for me, if I knew that I had to keep her hidden,” Pritchett told FOX 40.

The police said the woman was kidnapped by four teenagers, who had stopped for gas.

“The victim used the trick is that she needed to go to the restroom,” Sgt. Tom Letras, a spokesman for the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, told the news station.

Pritchett said the woman came in and took her hand, asking for help.


“I gave her my cell phone, locked the door and I took her to the back and I hid her back to the sheriffs got here and took her out of the bathroom,” she added.

Surveillance video from the mini-mart gives Pritchett blocking the front door less than a minute for the 18-year-old Anthony Sandoval and another teenager claimed she also needed to use the bathroom.

She said Sandoval claimed he had a prosthetic foot, and cancer.

“They asked me:’ you know, ‘Why would you lock the door?’ and I said that she told me that she started her period,” Pritchett recalled.

Minutes later, one of the teens realized the delegates had arrived and begged Pritchett to hide for him. She refused.

The video shows an armed deputy storm in the shop.

Three teenagers arrested that day, FOX 40 reported. A fourth teen was arrested for the following day.

“I was not looking for someone in prison,” Pritchett said. “I was just trying to help a woman who said that she needed help.”

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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