What he did yesterday was extraordinary.
And I don’t throw that word around lightly.
He saw a man trying to kidnap a woman right off the... street.
The man had sprayed her with mace and had almost pulled her into his silver Nissan Sentra.
"The guy was a total coward.
He was much bigger than her, spraying mace in her face.
She couldn't see.
She was choking on mace.
But she still kept fighting.
I was really terrified for her."
Leal knew he had to do something.
And he didn’t hesitate.
He pulled over in his car, jumped out and confronted the man.
“I just wasn't going to let anything more happen to her.
Go ahead you can take me.
I'll take him to hell with me.
That was my mind set.”
The suspect sprayed Leal with mace and then ran off.
The woman was saved.
People are now calling Leal a hero.
But he has a very interesting take on that.
He says even though he’s not the biggest guy in the world, there was no way he wasn’t going to help.
That’s just who he is.
And that's just what you do in a situation like that.
“I guess people are saying heroic.
But it’s kind of sad that it has to be that way.
Like when you hear somebody finding it a wallet and turning it in and it’s on the news.
That's what you're supposed to do.”
I couldn’t agree more.
Here's a link to the story that aired on KTVU tonight about Mr. Leal.
Words in a post are one thing.
But when you see him talking and getting emotional about saving the woman, you get a real sense of who he is.
It’s very touching.