Two Good Samaritans bravely fought off a man trying to attack a mother and her child at a Walmart in Shawnee, Kansas.
27-year-old Arthur Fred Wyatt III was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder, attempted aggravated kidnapping and attempted aggravated robbery.
Court records reveal that Wyatt was one of the suspects who attacked a 39-year-old Kansas City mother in a Walmart parking lot in broad daylight, according to WDAF.
The two suspects waited in a maroon van in the parking lot for over an hour and 20 minutes while the victim was inside shopping.
The woman was putting her 8-month-old baby in a car seat when the perpetrators hit her in the back of the head five to eight times, said Shawnee police Maj. Dan Tennis.
She was able to get away, but came back to her car to retrieve her baby and ran into the store to get help while bleeding profusely, according to Kansas City Star.
Fortunately, two men heard the mother screaming and averted crisis by rushing to help her.
One of the perpetrators, identified as John W. Simmons II, 28, was shot and killed at the scene by one of the men after he pulled out a gun and started shooting.
Of the two men who rescued the woman, a 33-year-old Iraq War veteran was shot multiple times during the assault and put in the hospital for serious injuries.
KTXL reports the child was left unharmed, though the mother was taken to the hospital and later released to be reunited with her baby. She says she did not know Wyatt and Simmons.
Although Wyatt managed to flee the scene, he was later captured. Wyatt was released from prison in July after he had previously served a sentence for a 2009 involuntary manslaughter conviction and violated his probation.
Sources: KTXL, WDAF, Kansas City Star / Photo credit: WDAF