It was the video seen ’round the world.
21-year-old Emelia Holden was working at pizza restaurant Vinnie Van Go-Go’s in Savannah, Ga., when ELLE says the server was groped by customer Ryan Cherwinski. Grabbing her backside in an overt manner, ELLE reports what happened next is what earned Holden the praise and support of many a viewer: she “grabs him by the shirt collar and slams him into a nearby counter.”
All caught on the restaurant’s security camera, ELLE said Holden at first thought it was one of her friends pulling the move, but “his hand went further than it should have so I was thinking, ‘There’s no way a stranger just did that.'”
Not only did she defend herself, ELLE reports she also called the police.
“The guy claimed that he was just trying to push me out of the way and, ‘Oh, I barely touched you,'” she told People. “Once the police saw the video, they immediately arrested him. There was no doubt that he did it.”
Cherwinski was charged with sexual battery, and Holden…well, she holds a special place in our hearts.