Good Samaritans Tackle Man Minutes After Alleged Rape

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LENEXA, Kan. -- A good Samaritan and bouncers helped a woman who ran from her car yelling for help after having allegedly been raped. Their actions helped Lenexa police catch the man thought to be responsible.

Around 1 a.m. on February 17, 31-year-old Erick Wanjiku left the bar with one woman. Police said the two had just met.

"They talked for a while, played some pool together, eventually going outside and got into a vehicle. At that point is when the attack took place," said Den Friesen with Lenexa Police.

Aja Woods, 22, witnessed what happened. She had just left the popular Johnson County nightclub near 95th & Quivira. She was getting into her car when she noticed what was going on in the car next to her. Instead of driving away, she took matters into her own hands.

"I saw her take off running, and I literally saw him pull his pants up, buckle it and pop out of the car," Woods said.

Woods says she knew what had happened immediately. She says she knew what she needed to do.

"I need to get this guy before he gets away," she said.

So, Woods jumped in her car and pulled along side of the man.

"He said, 'I need help, I need help, I'm in trouble I'm in trouble,'" Woods said.

She pretended like she was going to help him and told Wanjiku to get in her car.

"So, when he got in the car, I turned around real fast and I drove up where the bouncers were at the stoplight and they came, and my sister actually pulled him out of the car," Woods said. "He takes off running from the bouncers, and they had to take off running after him for a minute. He actually tore a big chunk of skin out of somebody, and they got him and that was the end of it."

Police say it could've been a dangerous situation but they appreciate the help.

"They understood that the lady was in trouble and it was a serious situation, so they jumped in to help out to keep it from getting any worse," said Friesen.

As for the quick thinking of Woods, she says it's just something she had to do.

"I saw the whole thing," she said. "I would have felt bad if I just would not have done anything."

Erick Wanjuiku is currently in jail charged with rape and battery. The bouncer at Saint's Pub and Patio who was bitten by Wanjuiku did not want to talk on camera but FOX 4 was told he's okay and he feels that he was just doing his job.

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