When Peter Gold saw a man dragging a woman by the hair toward his vehicle around 4 a.m. on Nov. 20, 2015, in New Orleans, he didn’t think. He just reacted.
“I said to myself, ‘This isn’t right,’ ” Gold, 27, tells PEOPLE, speaking out Tuesday for the first time about the incident.
“The next thing I knew I was out of the car and yelling at the guy, ‘Leave this girl alone! Get away from her!’ ” Gold recalls.
The man, later identified as Euric Cain, turned to Gold and demanded money, he says.
“I didn’t have any cash on me, so I offered him my cell phone, saying, ‘Take whatever you want. Just leave this girl alone and get out of here,’