Utah Woman Scares Attackers Away After Hearing Cries For Help

Feb 11, 2021, 6:15 PM | Updated: Feb 12, 2021, 11:22 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – You never know when your help could be needed. For Rebekah Parke, it was just outside the University Hospital. She was sitting in her car.

“You know, I just hear his shouts, his cries for help like, ‘They’re going to kill me, help me, they’re attacking me,'” Parke said. “I would have felt worse if I just let it happen, right?”

Without even stopping to think about it, she ran up in her crocs, confronting the two men in the parking lot, right outside the emergency room.

“And I have my new Taser right in my purse, and so I grab that,” she said. “I kind of held it at my side, and turned it on to let them know like, ‘Hey, I’m here, and I’m going to mess with you.'”

The warning was enough for one of them. He ran. Parke is over 6 feet tall, and she was armed.

“There was another one who maybe tried to linger, maybe he thought about fighting me,” she said. “I may have gotten him as he kind of swung.”

She believes the Taser connected with his arm, before he also ran off.

“So I kicked off my shoes, and I ran after them, screaming curse words,” Parke said.

Not a moment later, and Parke said she noticed a police cruiser, coming around the corner.

“So I kind of raise my Taser in the air, used it to get his attention,” she said.

And just like that, officers were asking questions, and nurses were coming to get the injured young male.

“He just kept saying that I saved his life,” Parke said. “Then I asked if I could hug him, so we hugged, and then they wheeled him into the hospital.”

It all happened so quickly, but Parke says there’s no question she did what she had to do.

“I don’t want to be dramatic, but those screams are just something that I … it’s going to be a while for me to forget,” she said.

It was Rebekah Parke’s mom who reached out to KSL, by the way. Rebekah was surprised to hear from us Thursday.

Police aren’t sharing many details of the investigation, but say they were able to find the attackers and have them in custody.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

16-year-old Ayden at Red Butte Garden....
Shara Park

Wednesday’s Child: Ayden hopes to be an author

For this week's Wednesday's Child, 16-year-old Ayden is looking for a family to encourage him to reach his goal of writing imaginative stories.
15 hours ago
Karah Brackin

Granite School District facing staffing shortages

Despite the pandemic, Granite School District’s spokesperson, Ben Horsley, said they have always needed more paraeducators. 
15 hours ago
Orem High School student council and cheerleaders getting ready to welcome their fellow students....
Matt Rascon

Thousands of students return to school in Alpine School District

The Alpine School District readies itself to welcome its 85,000 students back to the classroom.
15 hours ago
Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

Provo sculptor to unveil latest creation at Little League World Series this week

For the first time, a team from Utah is in the Little League World Series. The tournament in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, will also feature a Utah sculptor who will be unveiling quite a statue.
15 hours ago
(Weber County Sheriff's Office)...
Madison Swenson

Vehicle recovered from Pineview Reservoir after leaving roadway

A vehicle was recovered from Pineview Reservoir Tuesday after authorities say it left the roadway.
15 hours ago
First responders at the fatal crash on Trappers Loop. (Mountain Green Fire Protection District)...
Michael Houck

Motorcyclist dead after crash, thrown ‘150 feet’ into embankment on Trappers Loop 

A motorcyclist is dead after a crash on Trappers Loop, causing him to be thrown down the embankment.
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Utah Woman Scares Attackers Away After Hearing Cries For Help