Wangombe Wright and Kenya Sloan were honored with a proclamation by the Conyers City Council Wednesday night recognizing their efforts to help a woman who was being attacked in the Hobby Lobby parking lot on March 21. April 19 was proclaimed Citizen Heroes Day in honor of Wright and Sloan. Shown here, l-r, are Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson, Mrs. Wright, Wangombe Wright, Mayor Randy Mills and Kenya Sloan. -- Special Photo
CONYERS -- Two citizens who came to the rescue as a Covington woman was being attacked in the Hobby Lobby parking lot on March 21 were honored as Citizen Heroes on Wednesday night at the Conyers City Council meeting.
Mayor Randy Mills proclaimed April 19 Citizen Heroes Day honoring Wangombe Wright and Kenya Sloan for rendering aid when a knife-wielding man tried to kidnap the woman and her grandchild as the woman was getting into her car.
Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson recognized Sloan for hearing the woman's screams for help and immediately coming to her aid. Wilson said Sloan knocked a large knife from the hand of the perpetrator and then called 911.
Wright was credited with following the suspect as he fled the parking lot in his car, communicating with 911, and telling police where to find the suspect after he abandoned his car and fled on foot.
"What you did was just incredible," said Mills at the proclamation reading. "We coined you the 'Good Samaritan,'" he said to Wright. "(You engaged) in what was the right thing to do, and a lot of people wouldn't have done that."
The 62-year-old victim and her grandchild were not physically harmed in the incident.
The suspect, Musa Muhammed Abdul Al-Karim, 28, of 279 Inman St., Atlanta, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery, entering an auto to commit theft or felony, giving false name to law enforcement, kidnapping, possession of a knife during commission of certain felonies, possession of tools for commission of a crime and obstruction of law enforcement officers in Conyers.
In a similar incident in February, Al Karim allegedly robbed a 31-year-old Stockbridge woman at knifepoint at Stonecrest Mall and zip-tied her to the steering wheel of her car. That victim was also putting a small child in her car when the suspect approached her.
Following his arrest in Conyers, Al Karim was identified as the suspect in the DeKalb incident. He faces additional charges from DeKalb County of kidnapping, aggravated assault and armed robbery.