Good Samaritan Intervenes In Rape, Gets Beaten To Death

Good Samaritan Patricio Salazar was beaten to death after he intervened on a woman being raped on Thursday night.

Arlington, VA – A Good Samaritan was viciously beaten to death on Thursday night, after he tried to stop a man who was physically and sexually assaulting a woman.

The incident began at approximately 9:21 p.m. on Oct. 18, as 27-year old Michael Nash and his unnamed girlfriend were walking near South George Mason Drive and 13th Street South, WJLA reported.

Patricio Salazar, 54, was in the area and realized the woman was being assaulted.

He tried to help her to escape her attacker, and was savagely pummeled by Nash, police said.

Salazar lost consciousness, and Nash fled the scene.

Another man, Bradley Flood, said he witnessed the attack on Salazar and ran over to help.

“I opened up my window, and it sounded [like] very terrifying-type screams,” he told WJLA.

Flood said the man, later identified as Nash, threatened him, and that he noticed the attacker’s hands were covered in blood.

When Nash ran away, Flood realized that the female victim was naked.

She told Flood that Nash was her boyfriend, and that he had suddenly “snapped” and attempted to rape her, he said.

Flood said he stayed with Salazar and talked to him during his final moments.

“I could tell that he was hearing me," Flood told WJLA. "I was telling him, ‘You’re a hero. You saved her’ and stuff and he would make noises that, he could hear me but then it dropped pretty quick after that.”

Salazar was rushed to George Washington University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“I feel horrific,” Flood told WJLA. “I wish it’d been earlier to potentially save him.”

According to police, Nash fought with two other people in the area and unsuccessfully tried to rob them of their cell phones, WTOP reported.

He later stole a cell phone from another woman before running away.

Nash was ultimately apprehended near George Mason Drive and Columbia Pike, WJLA reported.

He has been charged with forcible sodomy, abduction with the intent to defile, and animate object sexual penetration, and was being held without bond at the Arlington County Detention Facility.

Additional charges were forthcoming, according to police.

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I intervened in a rape when I was in my 20's. I too ended up in a fight with the suspect. At one point during the fight he decided to flee and ran out into a street where I tackled him. I held him, while punching the back and side of his head until the police showed up. The victim in this story did what any man should do in that type of situation. He gave his life doing the right thing and he is a true hero.


The guy is a hero and I hope the city recognizes this fact. He gave his life trying to protect and save another person and there is no greater person than that. He made a difference...a lesson that most other people should take to heart.


I hope the woman the brave man died for will honor his sacrifice by testifying against her now hopefully ex-boyfriend.

Louise S
Louise S

who is the man in the photo?


There aren't a lot of people anymore who would step up and do what this man did. Does anyone know how I might send a note to the hero's family? Or maybe to the Arlington Co PD to forward?