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have done it very, very easily. just snap my fingers, the dog would have taken care of it right there. we were getting ready to flip a coin where they think the goose's fate was. i don't think the governor was going to call at that point. . terrifying, dangerous, explosive situations. split second dilemmas. a house on fire. >> flames came through that window like they belonged in the house. >> a car out of control. >> a down sightseeing plane. an abduction in broad daylight. >> it looked like she was fighting for her life. >> witnesses must decide whether to intervene at their own risk. >> i got to think quick before this guy kills someone.
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"caught on camera: what would you do 3?" if you're a clerk in a store that trades in gold, you never know when trouble is going to walk in the door. >> there was something that just didn't feel right. >> december 23rd. it's 15 minutes when they'll close for the day when a guy in a hoodie comes in and heads straight past the counter. >> he said i have a gun, give me the money, give me the money, give me the money. >> derek's choices in the next three seconds could determine the rest of his life. >> i figured he was going to rob me and shoot me.
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would you risk everything and fight back? >> i reach in the counter to give him the money, and i kind of looked over. i saw he was pulling out a bag. when he extended his arm out to take it, i saw an opening. i hit him real clean and kind of knocked him out. it's like when you hit a baseball, it's a home run. derek's never been robbed before. but earlier that day an inexplicable premonition snuck into his routine. >> i kind of had an idea something would happen. >> reporter: armed with his sixth sense, he stays on the lookout. when danger walk-throughs the door, it's almost like derek
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expects it. but that doesn't keep him from being afraid there. >> is a lot of stuff going through my head. first it was panic to give him the money. when he came around the counter, i started thinking about my family. all that happened within a second. >> i kind of shook him, just shook him a little bit and slapped him on the face. when i saw the gun was a fake, i thought what is your problem? is son a [ bleep ] who are you trying to rob! >> derek calls the cops. and while he is waiting he notices that his clean punch has caused a bloody mess. >> i start looking at the blood while i was sitting there. and i'm not cleaning this up. so we have a roll of paper towels. i grabbed them paper towels. you can start cleaning up your own mess. >> while you're waiting.
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you should clean this. >> i swear to god, man, i wasn't here to rob you, man. >> as the cleanup continues -- >> get on the ground! >> the cops burst in, ready to take down anything that moves. for all they know, derek could be the perp. >> put your feet behind you. put your feet behind you. >> ow, ow, ow. >> instead of going out in a police car, the robber identified as mustafa gets carted out to an ambulance as a result of derek's beatdown. what derek calls a fake gun turns out to be a pellet gun. he pleads guilty to common law robbery and received a suspended sentence and 36 years probation. >> mr. hendy had got the bag and out the door, he would have only got $37.
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>> reporter: when the cops first question derek, they doubt the details of his story. >> they were definitely asking me what happened, what happened. i said i hit him one time and it knocked him out. they're like, no really. how many times did you hit him. >> reporter: but it's all there. caught on camera. >> once we went over the footage, they were like oh. so it was pretty funny. you know all the cops are like we don't encourage this, but nice hit. we've all felt it, the rush and crush of getting ourselves and our possessions through airport security. but have you ever left anything behind, even for a moment? >> you're trying to catch your flight. you to take your shoes off, your jewelry off there is a little heightened stress just going through the checkpoint. >> january 18th, 2012, ft.
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lauderdale/hollywood airport. getting through the line, this woman forgets her rolex. what would you do if like this man, you spot a $6500 watch lying there? run after the owner to return it? give it to airport personnel? or play finders keepers? so what does he do? >> even though there is no audio to the video, you can almost hear his thoughts as he is looking at the watch. and it's almost like there is the devil on one side of him and, you know, the good samaritan on the other side of his shoulder. >> and off he goes. he may not have planned it, but now he's a thief with a brand-new rolex. 40 minutes go by before the woman realizes her watch is missing and unreported. broward county sheriff's office officer bryant montgomerie gets the case.
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>> when i first heard the case. >> i thought this guy had several opportunities to do the right thing. he had several opportunities to stop the lady. he could have handed it over to a tsa agent. he didn't do anything of that. but what is more aggravating is that theictim then goes over to a bench to get herself straight with her belongings, and he did the same thing right next to her. he looked right at her and new that was the same person right in front of him. >> even with all this video, the odds are pretty long that they'll find a thief who has flown off to who knows where. >> there literally could be thousands of passengers flying out at any given time in a particular concourse. they might live here. they might not. they might live overseas. just because we have them on video doesn't mean we know who they are. >> it takes lieutenant montgomery three days of pouring through hours of airport security video to find the thief. finally found him coming into the airport, went up to a kiosk, a and that's how he checked in. and only one person used the
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kiosk at that precise moment. well got his name, picture and it's the same person in the video. we know who it is. >> after more digging, lieutenant montgomery discovers that the man lives right there in south florida. >> we knocked on the door of the condo and he answered the door wearing the lady's watch. he said it was a gift from god. i think he really did believe that he said every since i have received this watch from god i've had nothing but good luck. the woman gets her watch back three months later. the thief is found guilty of grand theft and gets a fine and probation. safe to say his luck has run out. coming up, flames devour an occupied house, and a neighbor has a decision to make when "caught on camera: what would you do 3?" returns. to folks out there whose diabetic nerve pain...
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ah, just another day in paradise.
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until it suddenly turns into a terrifying nightmare. >> one minute we're flying. the next thing i know i'm upside down in the water strapped in asking myself what happened. >> january 2012, honduras. a float plain with pontoons for landing on water crashes in the caribbean sea. >> it just skimmed over the surface, and then it flipped over. with only the wreckage to hold onto, a stranded family and pilot struggle to survive. but they've been spotted. >> oh my goodness. that plane just crashed. >> by a boat full of day-trippers who change course and race to get there. >> i said, go, go. let's get over there as fast as we can. >> larry, friends and crew will soon have a decision to make. should they attempt to rescue the victims with a possibility
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of leaking fuel and sharks in the water, or wait for a professional rescue team to get there? what would you do? >> i didn't think twice. i knew we had to get there. it was just go for it. seconds makes the difference between life or death. >> andy atkins, his wife jenny and 4-year-old son logan just bought a condo and made this part of honduras a home away from home. >> it's a beautiful island, really great beaches, nice people. wonderful scuba diving. >> two months before the crash, andy took his first ride on the float plane with his old college buddies. >> it really was a fun ride. you get up there. you can see views of the island that you can't get any other way. it was the highlight of our trip in november. >> so in january andy decides to share the thrill with jenny and logan, and by coincidence the crew films them flying overhead.
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>> we waved at everyone on the beach. there were hundreds of people on the beach that day. really didn't know that anything was wrong. i only learned later that an engine went out. >> first to arrive on the seen are forsyth and his band of rescuers. they fear they're already too late. >> we couldn't tell if everybody was out of the plane. >> you got anymore? >> they're all out. >> they're all out? where they at? in the rescuers go. full speed ahead. >> we swam as hard and as fast as we could. >> holy. >> andy and the pilot have gotten free from their harnesses and bring jenny and logan to the surface. >> they were alive, but they were both rag dolls. appeared to have drowned or nearly drowned, foaming at the mouth and eyes rolled back in
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their heads and just totally unresponsive totally. >> logan finally takes a breath, but jenny is still unconscious and not breathing. >> they all appear to be in shock. i remember her lips were very blue. i was very fearful that she may not have been alive. i'm thinking, we need to get her out of the water. >> with jenny in tow, forsyth starts swimming back toward his boat, afraid that time is running out. >> just then he sees a vacation yacht. >> they yelled out to us we have doctors on board. bring her here. >> so right away we started swimming her to the yacht. as we got close, they reached down and pulled her up on the swim deck. >> linda, a trained emt, doesn't hesitate to join two doctors who happen to be among the vacationers on board. >> my feet just took me. i just got a -- a feeling of -- i can help, and immediately went
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right into action. >> they tried to keep me away. they tried to get me up on the main deck of the boat because i was no help and i was panicking. >> the doctors work feverishly to keep logan and jenny alive. >> it was pretty serious. she started to throw up bubbles, froth. she's not getting oxygen to her body. in any kind of emergency like this, oxygen is one of the first things you can do to save a life. >> within half an hour, the rescuers get logan, jenny and andy, all still in dangerous condition, to an emergency room on the island. the pilot, not badly injured, stays with the plane to get it towed to shore. it never makes it and ends up sunk and unsalvageable. after four days in the hospital. father, mother and son slow slowly mend. the team work and commitment of strangers has saved their lives. >> it's such a rewarding feeling
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knowing that you were there at the right time, at the right place to help another human being. >> good to see you. really good to see you. >> i thought about what a hero is. it's somebody that doesn't hesitate. when they see someone that needs help, they don't hesitate at all. they don't think about risks to themselves. they don't hesitate at all. a rage inferno with the building's owner possibly trapped inside. a merchant down the street sees the smoke and dashes to the scene. >> i'm thinking if i don't help the people are going to die. >> february 18th, 2012, waltham, massachusetts. bobby singh runs the convenience store across the street from the nebraska funeral home. he knows the owner well. security videos capture the house starting to go up in
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flames. to save his neighbor, wayne brasco, bobby has a fateful decision to make. call 911 and wait for the fire department or risk his life and run into the burning house that's connected to the funeral home. what would you do? without a moment's hesitation, bobby singh dashes up to the house to warn wayne and his brother kenny. no time to call 911. >> i tried the front door. i rang the bell. almost five, ten times i rang the bell. nobody gave me a response. but i go inside just to yell out his name. kenny! and i said fire! fire! fire! can you come out? >> i was just watching television. >> in the back of the house wayne brasco, laid up with a leg injury is unaware of the fire up front.
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>> i heard a voice hollering. first i thought oh dear, someone's house in the neighborhood is on fire. you grow used to the noises of the street. >> from another part of the house, kenny staggers out behind bobby singh through the thick choking smoke, but where is wayne? >> kenny come with me right away. but wayne still inside. >> by the time i got eight or ten feet into the living room, which is in the front of the house, i saw flames coming up over the windows. the flames came up through the windows like they belonged in the house and i didn't. >> just three minutes after someone out in the street calls 911, fire trucks arrive. the house is totally consumed by flames. >> i say listen, wayne is still inside the house. i'm still stressful that wayne is still in there. >> unbeknownst to kenny and bobby, wayne has managed to hobble out the back door. the house was totally engulfed.
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bobby singh was in the front of the house. and i kept trying to holer to him so he would know i was outside. but in the thick gray and black smoke, he couldn't see me. and i just hope he heard me. >> out of earshot from wayne, bobby still has no idea that his friend has escaped. >> when he pulled up, bobby singh had tears in his eyes. he was telling my son that he couldn't get me out of there. he tried. so he brought him over to see me and saw me in the driveway and started to cry. >> the fire department later determines the fire's cause to be improper disposal of smoking materials. >> i will tell you he demonstrated an act of courage and bravery. >> a few weeks later wayne's son paul presents a resolution to the waltham town council honoring bobby singh. >> you have to pause and put yourself in his shoes at that
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very moment and ask, would you have done what he did? we all say we would, but really would you? his son is with his him here. >> god gave me a chance, gave me strength to save somebody. that's what i did. >> yes, i consider bobby to be a hero, and my hero. coming up, bike thieves go to work in broad daylight. >> my bike was stolen from right in front of my apartment. >> when "caught on camera: what would you do?" returns.
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bold thieves prowl the crowded streets of manhattan, brazenly breaking bike locks in front of dozens of witnesses. stealing the bicycle and disappearing into the urban jungle. if you were walking down the street and witnessed a blatant robbery like this, what would you do? would you mind your own business?
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call the police? or would you confront a potentially dangerous thief and risk putting yourself in harm's way? in real life casey is no thief. he's a filmmaker working with his brother van and his pal malik perry to conduct his own experiment on human nature. >> our goal in making this video is to steal the bikes in the most audacious way possible. all we wanted was to get caught. all we wanted was for somebody to stop us. >> after moving to new york city in 2001, casey quickly learns what can happen to bikes and bike parts that are locked up outside. >> my first job was as a bike messenger. i lived here a couple of days and my bike, my means of income, my means of transportation was stolen from right in front of my apartment. >> he decides to see what people will do, if anything, when they reasons a flagrant theft right
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in front of their own eyes. so he locks up his own bike in various public places in new york and prepares to steal it. all captured by a secret camera. >> we shot most of the video on little point and shoots. these things can zoom in pretty it wasn't a camera crew with us or anything like that. it was somebody standing across the street with a little camera. we tried to make it so there was no question about what we were doing. i first step, a hacksaw at 1:00 p.m. in the heart of downtown manhattan. >> we started with a hacksaw. just super conspicuous, noisy, it took a while. >> as the video shows, more than a dozen people watch him and do nothing. >> just hacking through that chain, waiting for somebody to grab me on the shoulder. waiting for somebody to ask what i was doing.
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>> the second theft takes place directly in front of a police station. >> i'm going to use every criminal's favorite tool, the crowbar. >> in two minutes, the lock is off -- >> wish the cops would bust me. >> -- and casey rides away. the nypd doesn't seem to notice. he might as well be invisible. >> for this next experiment, my friend malik is going to steal the bicycle. >> i'm black. >> brandishing a pair of large red bolt cutters, malik strolls into a public park and cuts several large chains off the bike. do onlookers behave any differently? when the thief is african american? >> they didn't. which i think is like -- is it paramount to the lack of racism this city or does it speak
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volumes to how little people give a [ bleep ] about bike theft. >> i just got a lot of glares. one person screamed somebody while they were working, but nobody stopped. >> off camera a parked policewoman does approach malik. >> she came up and said you can't ride that in here. you have to walk it out of the park. and i had giant bolt cutters in my hand and a stolen bike. >> hood up. sunglasses on. trying to look as criminal as possible. >> casey's next tool takes the game to a whole new level, a noisy cordless angle grinder that winds its way through chain. this time the police do show up. after nine minutes. >> and casey tells them his story. >> when the police finally show upped, i was kind of relieved once they didn't arrest me. i was a little bit happy to see them. >> but the truth is in the big apple bike theft is a low police priority. so what is the takeaway? is there a lesson to be learned
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from their anthropological study? >> people are so crazy about certain things in new york. you see people arguing over basically nothing. like you bump into somebody by accident and that will be a huge fight. but you steal a bike right in front's face, and they just look at you. >> coming up, an attack on a cop tests the onlookers at a fast food restaurant. >> i was worried about the guy grabbing the officer's gun and shooting all of us. >> when "caught on camera: what would you do" returns. it's back to school time
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yesterday there were conflicting reports about whether the animal was poached. he is an ally of cecil, a popular lion that was killed last month. now we're going to take you back to "caught on camera." a security camera video catches a police officer struggling to restrain a violent thief inside a fast food restaurant. >> i took him to the ground to effect an arrest, and in a split second i was up in the air. >> but when the cop starts losing the battle, customers are faced with choices that could have deadly consequences. >> nobody is doing nothing. i got to think quick before this guy kills someone. >> march 3rd, 2012, pompano beach, florida, if you were here, and a witness to the police officer being overpowered right in front of you, what would you do? would you flee the scene? call for help? or would you put yourself in
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danger to assist the officer? >> i was patrolling the western part of the city. >> deputy kevin meyer of the broward county sheriff's office is on his morning patrol. >> the dispatcher came across the air advising there was some sort of disturbance inside the mcdonald's. >> deputy meyer responds to the call. >> the manager approached me and pointed the gentleman out saying he had stolen property from a patron inside the store. >> the security video shows the manager pointing to 29-year-old patrick davis. >> i had a feeling he was up to no good. just minutes earlier customer jose ramos observed davis behaving strangely. >> you know when somebody is not normal. he was not normal. his eyes were wide open and staring just into nothing. >> and now deputy meyer notices something else. >> when i looked at it has, they
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looked like they were clinched and he was concealing something. that's when i decided to take him to the ground to effect the arrest. you have a split second to decide how you were going to bring him down. i used a leg sweep effectively. it went textbook. he went to the ground. i had my knee on him. i had my knee on him. i was attempting to put the handcuff on. and in a split second, like superman, he lifted up. and the next thing i know i was up in the air with him. >> in a single movement the suspect gains his footing and lifts meyer off the ground. >> grabbed the officer, picked him up. to me it looked like the guy was trying to slam his head on to the floor. >> the security video shows officer meyer struggling to gain control. but the suspect seems to possess amazing strength. >> once he lifted me in the air he was determined to try to break away from me. my only concern was holding onto him and keeping him there until my partner arrived so we could take him into custody.
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>> it looks like deputy meyer is on his own until backup arrives. but as ramos watches, he knows he has a decision to make. assist the officer or stay out of the way. >> i said to myself, i have to do something. i was worried about the guy grabbing the officer's gun and shooting all of us. >> so what does he do? ramos enters the fray and several other men follow his lead. >> i grabbed his two wrists so for him to pull out that taser. >> i deployed my taser. he had no problem at all taking the taser. >> the taser has minimal effect. so deputy meyer tries again. >> the whole time on the video when i'm in the front the taser is deployed in the upper chest area. >> this time the taser subdues the suspect and myers is able to get the cuffs on him. >> it seems like it took forever for my backup to get there.
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in reality i believe he was there within a minute. >> more officers arrive on the scene and the fight is over for the moment. >> i walked him outside and placed him in his police car, and i turned around to get my paperwork started and he kicked out the window. we had to taser him again. take him out of the police car and then shackle his legs. >> davis is transported to a local hospital where he's found to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol. >> a lot of times drugs have an influence on people. specifically cocaine and pcp can give them super human strength with a big adrenaline dump. >> a judge finds patrick davis guilty of multiple offense, including battery on a police officer, attempted armed robbery and resisting arrest. he is sentenced to nine years in prison. in the end, nobody is badly
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hurt. deputy meyer has only minor injuries. >> i sustained bruised ribs from the wrestling and body slam that the suspect gave me. >> but is it really a good idea for bystanders to step in? police usually encourage witnesses to call 911 and not get physically involved. >> in that particular instance, i believe they made the right decision. a violent felon was taken off the street with the assistance of three complete strangers. i think each individual person has to make their own decision. >> it works this time, but it's a risk that must be taken carefully. all aboard bus 91. april 2012, boca raton, florida. two elderly sisters, one in a wheelchair, are about to get on, when they're attacked from behind. >> and all the sudden you see him real fast grab the purse. >> in a terrifying instant, the
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women, one is 84, and the other 96, go down. stunned passengers and bystanders race to the rescue. rose cohen, on her way to class, has just boarded. >> the younger sister, when she fell, the wheelchair came down with her. her head was off the edge of the curb, and she's laying on there. >> if you were there, what would you do? call 911? chase the mugger? or tend to the fallen victims. in this case with the bus full of people, it's all of the above. >> the bus driver already has his phone and he's screaming. everyone is running off the bus trying to see what happened. bystanders actually did run after the kid, but of course no one physically got him. >> the purse snatcher gets away in an accomplice's awaiting car. while people attend to the women. then another choice has to be made. >> everyone is contemplating should we lift her up? they could have broken bones.
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after we got her up, she said nothing hurt. and we were all right. the younger sister after the paramedics and all that came, she had a 200 over 100 blood pressure. >> the strong armed robber remains at large for 12 days, and then an odd thing happens when a news report plays a security video moments before the attack. the suspect can be seen staring at the women, and then riding off on his razor scooter. >> somewhere in the newscast viewing area, a man recognizes the guy on the scooter. it turns out to be his own son. what would you do if you saw your child on the news committing a crime? this father tells his son to turn himself in. when the son refuses, his father calls the police. the 96-year-old ends up with two broken ribs, but both women recover, physically if not financially.
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their attacker pleads guilty to robbery and aggravated battery on a person 65 years of age or older. >> he got busted on his birthday, which actually, i think he deserves. there is your gift. it's karma. enjoy your birthday in jail. >> coming up -- a subway fight that turns a mild mannered subway rider into a super hero. >> i just like, whoa, this is crazy. >> when "caught on camera: what would you do" returns. it's full of cool stuff, like my second in command... and my trusty bow. and free of stuff i don't like. and in my castle we only eat chex cereal. chex cereal. it's full of delicious crunchability. no artificial flavors, and it's gluten-free. and that's something even my brother ... sister can understand. mom, brian threw a ball in the house! you're not at all concerned? about what now?
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>> march 2012. the number six train is headed uptown with a man and woman battling it out in a closed subway car. if you were there, what would you do? move away from the explosive melee? wait till the next stop and call a cop? or try to intervene possibly at great personal risk? >> i was just like, whoa, this is crazy. i quickly reached for my phone and started videotaping. >> well, without that response we wouldn't have our story, but then a new subway super hero comes to the rescue, snack man. >> he just seemed real cool. just walked right in there. kind of didn't say nothing to anybody. just walked right in, smooth, eating his chips. >> i was eating chips at the time, and they were in my hand. everything happened so fast. i just got in the middle of them
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and kept eating. i wasn't nervous. >> his real name is charles saunder, and his simple effortless move separates the combatants and creates space for another passenger to move in and referee. >> please get off. >> she's standing in the guy's face pretty much until he got off the train at the next stop. she also diffused the situation. she wasn't eating no snacks, though. >> he takes his video home and uploads it to the web, and the legend of snack man is born. >> i posted the video on youtube probably like a few days after the incident. it was on there for about a week and it wasn't getting any attention. it was only about 400 views. the next day i wake up, and it was just completely blown up. it just spread. >> but snack man himself has no idea until he gets a heads up from his mom. >> i had completely forgotten any of this ever happened, and then she found out through facebook, and i got a text
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message that morning that said, hey snack man. i had no idea what she was talking about. >> more than a million youtube videos later, charles saunder, now known as snack man, rockets to stardom. >> peter parker would rip open his shirt. he had on the spider man gear. superman had his alter ego. if you pop open your shirt, what's in there? >> a special suit. i'm not going to do it on live tv. >> oh, darn it. >> chip jokes aside, a serious question still lingers, was it wise for charles to step into the middle of a subway fight? >> i didn't think either of them would try to hurt me. the second i stepped in they both of back off and get in their own space. you have to assess the risk. if you're going to put yourself in between two people that can hurt you, then you shouldn't step in.
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a terrifying abduction in broad daylight caught on a security camera. two people grab a teenage woman from behind and pull her to a waiting van. >> she immediately starts fighting back. they drag her kicking and screaming to the side of this vehicle. it looked like she was fighting for her life. >> may 29th, 2010, stafford, virginia. as this chilling crime takes place before their eyes, witnesses seem to keep walking and try not to get involved. in a dangerous situation like this, what would you do? risk intervening to rescue the young woman? call 911 and hope they get here in time? or mind your own business? though you can't tell from the video, someone does call if the police. the case immediately goes to captain william bowler.
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>> when i get the call, it's an abduction, a stranger type abduction. >> two minutes before the abduction, a parking lot camera captures the van hovering around the intended victim, with another woman following in pursuit. >> you can actually see the vehicle kind of surveilling her through the parking lot at different vantage points. >> the soon to be hostage runs across the lot with the woman and van still chasing. >> she's on foot. she's obviously distraught. she's walking at a pace and looking over her shoulder like she's concerned about this van following her. and that's when the van makes its move. it comes up. the side door slides open. two or three of them jump out. they grab her. throw her in the van. just that quick. >> the van speeds off with the woman inside, as bystanders look on, apparently immobilized. but while it may look like no
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one is reacting, that's not really the case. >> two actually dialed 911. then we had another that went into the store and had them call. and one gentleman actually got a tag number for us. >> law enforcement springs into action. an amber alert goes out. authorities trace the license plate, identify the vehicle's owner, and then track his cell phone headed south to florida. >> jacksonville, florida sheriff's office actually put a chopper in the air and they located this vehicle and stopped them. between the time we got the call and that vehicle was stopped, probably nine hours. >> once they stop the van, police are in for a big surprise. >> what happened is the family was moving from rhode island to florida. the 17-year-old did not want to go. they stop to get lunch and she gets out and walks away from
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them. she's not having any part of the trip. she was being a very difficult teenager, so they just decided to put her in the van. we're going south. >> as it's a family matter, no charges are filed. but the people in the parking lot who thought they were witnessing a crime took important action without putting themselves in danger. coming up, a car going 60 stuck on cruise control. >> okay, sir. calm down. >> when "caught on camera: what would you do" returns. ooh, i thinki saw dessert!
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police spot gatlin jeter's out of control vehicle barreling down highway 190. his life and the lives of others may hang in the balance. >> how fast are you going, sir? >> i'm going about 60 miles an hour. i tried the gear shift, emergency brake, regular brake. >> the first to respond to the call is rocky carol, a patrolman from sam houston university. >> i medially grabbed a set of keys. i left out of the driveway with lights and sirens. >> a fellow officer follows carol. his dash cam is also trained on the chase. >> i'm in a green ford expedition. i don't want to kill anybody. >> i tried turning the ignition. it wouldn't work. i tried the dashboard. that wouldn't work. i tried all i thought i could do to try to get the car stopped. >> as patrolman carol's car sets out to find jeter, jeter is facing a life or death decision. how to keep from hitting somebody and killing them and himself. what would you do?
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would you drive off the road at 60 miles per hour? and purposely ram into something, or stay the course and risk dozens of lives, hoping that someone, somehow figures out how to safely stop you. >> my thoughts were to swerve off the road, hit a tree and hit something. to try to get the vehicle to stop and hope for the best. >> while officer carol's car races in hot pursuit, he is haunt bade fatal accident in san diego two years before. >> i remember a youtube video with a family of four or five in made a phone call to emergency dispatch. and captured all the way to the scene of the crash. and everybody died. >> we're approaching the interception. we're approaching the interception. hold on. pray, pray. hello? hello? >> hello. it stuck in my head.
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it just kind of repeated flashbacks. i thought man, we can't let this happen in my town. >> have they got someone out here? >> they're on their way, sir. >> cruise control is stuck. on u.s. 190. >> okay, seriously, i'm just about to pass an elementary. i haven't seen anybody. >> once he's heard jeter's location officer carol also has a decision to make. even if he's able to catch up to jeter's car, what can he do to stop it? >> i didn't have a game plan at this time. i had to focus on getting there. i was emotionally terrified to the point where i thought i was going to pass out. my hands were shaking. my heart was racing, and i was really scared. >> oh god. i'm about to hit a car. oh man. >> okay, sir. mr. jeter. calm down. keep it calm for me. >> i knew i was probably going to die at that point. that's when i saw a police car, another suv coming over the hill towards me.
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all right. i see one trooper right now. university police. lights and siren and everything coming at me. >> and i get up over the hill. i see him coming up and approaching. i turned around, and when i did i started from pretty much zero making a u-turn and he's still at 60. i was in that three-digit speed somewhere just to catch up to him. first thing i tried to do to stop the vehicle was get in front of it and slow down, let him make impact. >> about to hit him! about to hit him! [ bleep ]! >> are you still going, sir? >> i'm still going. >> the first impact fails to stop jeter's car. carol slows down and tries again. >> when he got up against me the second go around i just slammed on the brakes and it was just like a train ride. it was like a slow stop. the second impact finally releases jeter's cruise control,
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and carol's suv brings it to a stop. >> are you stopped, sir? >> yes, sir, i'm stopped. >> once the vehicle finally came to a stop, i just jumped out of the vehicle. i threw the cell phone in the car, and i ran over to the officer that was in front of me in his suv. and he came out, and i told him thank you for saving my life. >> it's okay, man. the ride is over. it's good. take a deep breath. you're standing on the ground. you're not hurt. everybody is fine. we did this. just chalk it up for us. >> jeter later notifies ford. the company has told msnbc our inspection of the vehicle uncovered no defects that would have led to the situation. in general, we are not aware of a safety issue with this cruise control system. thanks to officer carol, jeter is alive and well, another person saved by a brave decision to do what needed to be done.
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each one of them went up against the law. a cornered criminal takes on more than 100 federal agents. angry teens ambush deputies inside the halls of justice. a distraught dad snaps. and critically wounds a police officer. they are men and women who battled the badge. "caught on camera:wrong side of the law." hello. i'm contessa brewe

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