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Woman delivering cookies saves life of badly beaten teen

Posted at 9:32 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 23:32:01-05

SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake City woman delivering cookies is credited with courageously saving the life of a badly beaten teen.

Late Wednesday night, Rebekah Parke was sent to the University of Utah Hospital to deliver a box of cookies. Instead, she ended up using a stun gun to break up a beating.

"He was screaming help, they are going to kill me, help me,” Rebekah said.

Rebekah rarely delivers for Door Dash.

Her first order Wednesday included a box of cookies going to the hospital. Yet, while at the front doors, the order suddenly cancelled.

Walking back to her car in this lot, Rebekah saw two men beating a 19-year-old on the ground. Instinctively, she ran towards them with a stun gun.

“I tased kind of down here first to let them know like, ‘Hi, I’m here. I’m going to mess you up kind of thing’.”

Her parents just gifted the stun gun last week. On Wednesday night, the weapon was enough for one man to take off running.

The second man tried to punch her. Instead, Rebekah shocked him before he ran away.

“That’s when I kicked off my Crocks and I chased after him because of the adrenaline. I kept zapping and was screaming at him.”

University of Utah Police weren’t far behind and took the men into custody. While checking on the victim, Rebekah says he thanked her for saving his life.

“Fantastic she was in the right place at the right time and try to do everything she could,” said University of Utah Police Lt. Ryan Speer.

“I feel like it was meant to be which I don’t like really saying in this scenario because someone got hurt, but everything added up. I did things I don’t normally do that night and I just happened to be there,” Rebekah said.

University Police are investigating the beating. The victim was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

After everything settled down, Rebekah gave the victim the cookies.