LAYTON -- Nick Phelps was in the right place at the right time when he witnessed what could have been an attempted kidnapping take place Tuesday morning.
Phelps, 30, was on his way to drop off his son at school when he came across a car on Oak Hills Drive on the left turning lane to U.S. 89.
At first he thought it was just broken down, but then saw a woman struggling to get out of the car and screaming for help, he said.
As she ran away, Phelps saw a man in the car move to the driver's seat and try to drive away, but struggled to work the manual transmission. After a few tries, he gave up and exited the vehicle.
"He seemed 'out there,' definitely something wrong with him," Phelps said. He figured that this could be some sort of domestic situation.
As the young woman ran, she stumbled and fell. This prompted the strange man to give chase.
Phelps contemplated what to do. He said it was obvious the man was intent on hurting the woman and he considered confronting the man. However, he didn't know the stranger's state of mind or if he had a weapon. Furthermore, Phelps did not want to endanger his young son by getting in a fight with the man who looked to be 6 feet 4 inches tall.
Phelps opted to drive past the abandoned car, against traffic, and cut off the man to pick up the woman, he said.
She seemed very distressed and shocked, he said.
She told Phelps she had never met the strange man in her life and that he had burst into her vehicle and commanded her to drive him someplace, he said.
Police arrived and confronted the man, who had to be forcibly taken in.
He was identified as 29-year-old Kyle Douglas Booher. He was booked into the Davis County Jail on suspicion of robbery, aggravated assault and interfering with arresting officers. Police say he may have been under the influence of drugs.
"My son was a little shook up from the whole thing," Phelps said, who called his son at school later on that day and told him that everything was alright.
The 18-year-old woman thanked Phelps for taking the time to help her when he could have very well went on with his day.
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