Ketrell Ferguson is a Washington D.C. man who is going through some difficult times in his life. In fact, Ferguson is homeless and has nowhere even to lay his head at night. That’s all he wanted in the wee hours of last Thursday morning — a warm place to catch some sleep.
But sleep would have to wait. Ferguson’s night was about to become even more eventful than most nights he spends on the dangerous streets of the nation’s capital.
As he was looking for somewhere safe to lie down, Ferguson heard the sounds of a struggle. He thought he was hearing a robbery in progress, at first. But when he checked out what was happening, what he saw was even worse.
He says he came across a man attempting to rape an unidentified woman. The man was later named by police as 23-year-old Alemen Gonzalo.
The police now allege that Gonzalo first offered the woman money as if she were a prostitute. When she flatly refused, he attacked her and had the woman on the ground as he attempted to rape her behind a bus stop on the 3600 block of 16th Street in Washington D.C.‘s Northwest district.
But the alleged attacker did not succeed, because Ketrell Ferguson — who says that he has family members who have been rape victims themselves — was right there to give this would-be rapist a very unpleasant surprise.
Scanning the ground for any weapon he could find, Ferguson picked up a broken chunk of brick, and a wooden stick. And then the homeless man took action.
“I picked up a stick and a brick, and I went down there walked soft as possible,” Ferguson told Fox Channel 5 in Washington D.C. “I just cracked him as hard as I could, and when I cracked him he got off here and he started running.”
But Ferguson wasn’t through with the bad guy just yet.
“He was moving and swerving and weaving and all that and I beat him outta his shoes,” he recounted.
Gonzalo finally got away — but police caught up with him an hour later when they were able to recognize him by the severe bleeding coming from his head.
Ferguson shrugged off claims that he’s a hero, but he did say that he was grateful to be on the scene when he was.
“Even though I’m going through hard times, God put me in a place where I could help,” Ferguson told a local NBC station “I was at the right place at the right time.”
Gonzalo has been charged with “assault with the intent to commit first-degree sexual abuse.” Ketrell Ferguson, the homeless man who just wanted to sleep, faces no charges but has been listed as a witness in the sexual assault case.
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