Pep Boys manager tackles man who attacked teen - CBS46 News

Pep Boys manager tackles man who attacked teen

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A manager at Pep Boys said he tackled a man and held him down after he attacked a teen headed to school in Buckhead Tuesday morning. The victim's mom said he is their hero.

The 16-year-old, was walking along Piedmont Road headed to the MARTA station to get to school just after 7 a.m.  She told police a man grabbed her by the neck and dragged her down.

Her mother, who was at a nearby ATM, heard her daughter screaming and called 911. By the time she got to the scene, a customer heading into Pep Boys scared the man off and took the teen into the store.

The manager, John Lingerfelt, told CBS Atlanta he then looked out the window and spotted the suspect. Lingerfelt said he and another worker ran out and tackled the man.

"I really didn't think about it," said Lingerfelt. "All I knew was seeing what had happened to her, the bruises on her neck and the trauma she had gone through. I just didn't think. I just acted. I seen him and knew I wasn't going to let this guy get away."

Lingerfelt held the suspect until police arrived. He said the man appeared to be drunk or on drugs and was making incoherent remarks.

Authorities identify the suspect as Tansu Kanlica, 27. He was charged with battery and booked into the Fulton County Jail. Kanlica is scheduled to go before a judge on Wednesday morning.

The victim's mother said her daughter was extremely shaken by the attack and she is thankful Lingerfelt helped catch the suspect.

"If he didn't catch that guy, I would have been scared he would have come back, especially when he told my daughter he had been watching her," said the victim's mother.

"It wouldn't have mattered who it was," said Lingerfelt, downplaying his quick thinking. "That's just who I am, how my dad and my family raised me. Treat people how you want to be treated.  And if I was in that situation, I would hope somebody would come to my rescue."

The victim's mother said her daughter will no longer be walking to the bus stop.

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