Nazier Elahee is being hailed a hero by local residents after he foiled a man’s attempt to kidnap an 11-year-old girl near the Gold Manor Community Center.
The attempted kidnapping happened across the street from the Golf Manor Police Department on Saturday at the 6400 block of Wiehe Road. Officials say Elahee’s quick thinking may have saved the girl’s life.
The entire incident was captured on surveillance video. The video was later released to the public by the Hamilton County Jail.
Elahee says the incident happened when he walking down Wiehe Road. He says he noticed something odd. There was a man, who was later identified as Jessie Woodard Jr, 37, pulling a young girl by the arm. “I didn’t know what was going on, I just know the situation didn’t look right,” Elahee told Fox 19.
Elahee says although the girl made no sound, she mouthed the words “help me” several times. He says he was certain that the girl was being held against her will.
“He walked right past me pulling the girl by her wrists. She didn’t look like she wanted to go with him.”
The videotape shows Elahee immediately springing to action. He approached the due and asked the girl if she was okay. “I asked her if she knew him (Woodard), and she told me no.”
Elahee says after the girl told him she didn’t know Woodward, he asked him what was going on. “He told me that he was taking the girl home.”