Kai, a homeless hitchhiker, describes the scene. (Photo: KMPH/Fox26)
It's a sentence you won't read every day, or hopefully ever again. A homeless hitchhiker with a hatchet in California reportedly "saved the day" after a man claiming to be Jesus went berserk and rammed his car into a stranger, before assaulting a woman who ran over to help.
The hitchhiker, identified only as "Kai," was picked up by the driver shortly before the crash. He says the man, now identified as Jett Simmons McBride of Tacoma, Washington, was making wild, racist remarks in the car.
"[The driver's] like, 'You know what? I've come to realize I'm Jesus Christ and I can do anything I fu**ing want to and, watch this!" the hitchiker said, relating the McBride's last alleged comments before striking a Pacific Gas and Electric Worker who was black.
Two women immediately ran over to help, but quickly realized that it was not an accident.
“He just kept saying he’s Jesus Christ and he’s going to save all of us, [but] we have to get-- he used the n-word, meaning the black people-- and that we need to get them off the earth,” Tonya Baker said.
Tonya Baker describes the incident. (Photo: KMPH/Fox26)
When they wouldn't let him get back in his car to inflict more damage, Baker said McBride put her in a "bear hug" and then started "beating the crap" out of her.
"These two women are trying to help them, he runs up and he grabs one of them...like a guy that big can snap a woman's neck like a pencil stick!" Kai commented. "So I f***ing ran up behind him with a hatchet-- smash, smash, sa-mash!"
According to KMPH/Fox26, McBride is over 6 feet tall and weighs between 300 and 400 pounds. Baker credits the hitchhiker with saving her life, and the man struck by McBride's car is also expected to survive.
"That woman was in danger," Kai said, defending his actions. "He just finished, what looked like at the time, killing somebody, and if I wouldn't have done that he would've killed more people."
It probably wasn't a pretty scene, but everybody seems to have made it out safely.
McBride was taken into police custody on suspicion of attempted murder, the Fresno Bee relates, and his bail has been set at $1 million.
Jessob Reisbeck, who conducted the interview for KMPH, posted the interview with the title "Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker Saves the Day" on YouTube (language warning):
He also posted his entire conversation with Kai the homeless hitchhiker (extreme language warning):