Have-a-go hero left with broken wrist and black eye after chasing thug who dragged screaming girl down road
A have-a-go hero saved a girl being dragged screaming down a street by a thug after giving chase to her attacker.
Phil Ruston, 29, from Derby, was left with a chipped bone in his wrist and a black eye after the thug threw a rock at his head.
But Brave Phil said he acted on instinct to protect the safety of the girl and now police are hunting her attacker.
He was watching the television at 1am last Saturday when he heard “blood-curdling” screams from outside his home in Wilson Road.
Phil said: “I had never heard a scream like that before so I rushed out and saw a man dragging a young girl along.
“But she clearly did not want to be with him.
“I shouted at him to leave her alone and all he did initially was give me a load of abuse but he eventually let her go and she ran off in one direction and he went in the other.
“I gave chase, caught up with the man and words were exchanged.”
Phil said that the man then picked up a rock and hit him on the side of the face, injuring his eye and jaw.
He said: “I have a chipped bone in my wrist where I was trying to defend myself and I ended up at the Royal Derby Hospital at 3am with cuts and bruises and swelling to my eye.
“One of my concerns now is what happened to the girl and was she safe?
“In hindsight, maybe I should have chased after her to check on her but it made sense to me to pursue the man to make him realise his behaviour towards her was not right.
“But I acted on instinct because I was afraid for her safety but it has left me pretty shaken up.”
Phil reported the crime to the police who are examining CCTV footage from the nearby Co-op store in Wollaton Road, where the altercation took place.
They have published a description of the man to whom they would like to speak in relation to the assault on Mr Ruston.
He is white and in his late-20s or early-30s, about 6ft 1in tall and of average build. He had black, spiky hair and was wearing a pale blue or white polo shirt, dark jeans with turn-ups and Nike trainers.
A Derbyshire police spokesman said: “We are investigating the incident and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened. We are anxious to speak to the man involved.”
Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.