Ryan Flannery, 30, was driving past a home in Joliet on Saturday when he saw the 32-year-old woman covered in blood and burnt on a front porch of a house.
“I was on my way back from getting gas when I saw her,” said Flannery. “I stopped and asked a teenage boy who was standing there if everything was okay and he yelled, ‘No!’ ”
He rushed over to the woman and she told him that her fiancé’s brother, Timothy Gregory, hit her with a hammer, poured gas on her, and tried to set her on fire.
The teenager called 911 as Flannery got a blanket from his car to cover up the woman. At this point, Gregory, 36, emerged from the garage, so Flannery got a welding hammer out of the trunk of his car and told the man to stand back. Gregory went back inside, and soon, the “whole house went up in flames,” Flannery said.
Police arrested Gregory on arson and battery charges. They also found a hammer and a bottle of lighter fluid at the scene.
The victim is recovering in the hospital from a head injury sustained in the attacked, and was reportedly in a medically induced coma on Monday.
“There is kindness in the world,” the victim’s mother said to local station ABC 7. “People are kind and caring and stopped and took the time to help my daughter in her time of need.”
“God put me on that street at that moment for that reason,” Flannery told People.
[Image: Timothy Gregory Mugshot/Will County Sheriff Department]