But thankfully, for every perverted child molester roaming the aisles of our local stores, there’s a good-hearted young man like Cameron Cook, seeking to protect and defend our helpless young ones.
The 17-year-old was shopping with his mom in a Boston Target when he saw a man with what he described as a “demonic look on his face” approach a young girl who didn’t seem to know him.
His mother, Heather, urged Cameron to keep walking by, but his gut instinct simply wouldn’t allow it.
“I saw the guy grabbing himself, and my mom goes, ‘Cam let’s go, keep walking.’ I was like, no, something’s going on,” said Cameron, determined to pry further into the situation.
Without hesitation, the brave teen came up to the stranger and asked if he knew the little girl.
“Excuse me sir, do you know her?” he asked politely.
Startled, the man replied, “I’m not a pervert, I’m not a pervert.”
“I was like, ‘I didn’t ask you that sir,’” said Cameron.
Once Heather caught wind of the potent smell of alcohol on the man’s breath, she too realized something was dead wrong.
“I was close enough that I could smell the liquor coming from his mouth,” said the alarmed mom. “It was horrible.”
Her son relentlessly questioned the man until he fled from the store, and video cameras were immediately handed over to police.
“He was big, and Cameron had no fear at all,” added Heather. “He just stood firm on the fact that he knew what this man was doing was wrong.”
It turns out, the girl’s mom was in the bathroom while the whole scenario panned out, and she’s exceedingly grateful that Cameron was there to look out for her daughter. If the teen didn’t follow his intuition, she may not be here today.
Cameron’s killer instinct and firm resolve to question a suspicious stranger ultimately could’ve saved this innocent girl’s life.
“I’m very proud of him, but it’s totally within his character,” said Heather of her son’s heroic act. “He is not afraid to do what’s right.”
But Cameron isn’t seeking praise for his good deed; he’s just glad he was able to help in a time of need.
“I’m just happy I was there to protect her,” he said. “Because you never know what could have went on.”