On October 15, a 26-year-old Korean woman Kang was getting ready to leave her apartment in Incheon, Korea when she heard a cry for help outside her door.

Kang recalled, “I thought I heard someone cry for help.” Kang ran to her home intercom where her video doorbell showed the view outside her door. When she didn’t see anyone in the camera angle…

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A typical video doorbell intercom system installed in a South Korean apartment. | Samsung SmartOne/Naver Blog

… Kang first called the police, then opened her front door to get a better understanding of the situation outside.

I was terrified by the sound, but the screaming wouldn’t stop… and it sounded like a child.

— Kang

When Kang poked her head out, she found a man with a weapon physically threatening a young girl on the stairway that leads up to the building’s rooftop.

The girl — later identified to be an elementary school student who lives in the same apartment complex — ran into Kang’s home as soon as the door opened. Kang shared, “The girl’s clothes had been ripped in parts from the physical fight.”

I noticed her hand was bleeding, so I cleaned it up and watched her wound until the ambulance came. The medics took her to get the cut stitched. She was absolutely terrified and couldn’t stop crying.

— Kang

The man, on the other hand, seemed flustered for a bit after getting caught in action. Shortly thereafter, he threw himself out the window.

The man who was with the girl made eye contact with me… and then immediately sprung himself out the window. He had glasses on and looked quite young. I was surprised when I found out later that he was in his early-20s.

— Kang

Having fallen from the 15th floor, the man was taken to the hospital but eventually died from the serious head injury.

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The apartment complex where the incident took place. | Yonhap News

With the police since identifying the man to be a 21-year-old and looking into the case — though with extra caution as the girl remains psychologically unstable from the attack, Koreans are praising Kang for her selfless act of courage to interfere…

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… and are hoping for the girl’s speedy recovery.

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