A man is behind bars — again — after he reportedly attacked a 91-year-old woman less than an hour after being released from an Arizona jail.
Thanks to a fast-acting neighbor, the woman didn’t suffer serious injuries, KNXV-TV reported.
Danny Nicholas, 36, allegedly forced his way into the elderly’s woman’s home, knocked her to the ground, and tried to steal the wedding ring off her finger.
When neighbor Catherine Mason saw what was happening, she quickly jumped into action and rescued the woman from her attacker.
What are the details?
Authorities released Nicholas from the Scottsdale city jail at about 11:35 a.m. on May 20, according to police.
At about 12:15 p.m., he reportedly knocked on the elderly woman’s door and asked her for a ride home. She refused.
Mason said her 8-year-old daughter was watching from across the street when Nicholas allegedly forced his way into the woman’s home.
“My sister and daughter saw him push our elderly neighbor into her house, and close the door behind him,” Mason told KSAZ-TV.
That’s when Mason immediately jumped into action.
“I just kind of barged in, and he was right there like, kinda, she was on the ground and I kinda like just yanked him up and started yelling and he just ran,” Mason told KNXV.
First responders arrived and transported the elderly woman, who hit her head on the ground during the attack, to a local hospital.
The 91-year-old woman has returned home and is reportedly feeling better.
Where did the police find the suspect?
Police reportedly caught up with Nicholas about 1.5 miles from the woman’s home after they received reports that a man had asked several people for a ride home.
Authorities charged Nicholas with burglary, robbery, and kidnapping. He’s being held without bond.
Mason said the incident is a reminder to be cautious when someone you don’t know knocks on the door.
“It’s a good reminder for the kids, remind your kids, remind your grandparents – just don’t answer the door if it’s somebody you don’t know,” she said. “Keep an eye out for your neighbors.”