It’s cell phone video of a man roughing up a woman in a parking lot, but what’s getting people fired up are the Good Samaritans who jump in and give the attacker a dose of his own medicine.
The video has been viewed thousands of times, and viewers are calling the people that stepped in heroes.
“Oh, it’s gut wrenching. It’s awful to think that people could do that to other people,” said Jane Kondek.
“It’s particularly awful to see a guy doing it to a woman and going out of his way, like reaching through the car to do it,” Kondek said.
The video posted to Facebook just two days ago shows a man hitting a woman in parking lot near Central and Atriso in what appears to be a case of domestic violence.
Then, three Good Samaritans came to her rescue, punching the man and telling the woman to drive away.
“Especially if it’s a woman or child and they don’t have a weapon, it’s probably more reason to intervene,” said Philip Klineburger.
Its already been watched more than 30,000 times – many of the viewers calling them heroes. Still, some say good deeds like this come with a risk.
“If you intervene that person could be on the edge all day and they could be ready to really hurt or kill someone,” Klineburger said.
Some commenters wondered if the victim would take him back.
Albuquerque Police say the Good Samartitains’ hearts were in the right place, but what they did was dangerous.
“Domestic violence offenders…there is a high probability that they are armed and willing to take violence from where it’s currently at and raise it all the way up,” said Albuquerque Police Department Commander Paul Szych.
Albuquerque Police say the Family Advocacy Center offers resources for victims of domestic violence year-round.
It’s unclear when the video was taken. The video ends once the Good Samaritans drive away. It’s unclear if police were ever called.