We’ve all had quiet days at work that allow us to gaze out of the window and lose ourselves in thought. We might even people-watch from our office perches, inventing narratives for the people milling around outside. In this scenario, spotting a man and a woman talking and walking wouldn’t usually raise too many eyebrows.
But on January 9, 2017, two pawn shop workers saw a couple walking past their store and soon realized that the scene unfolding before them was not one of humdrum domesticity. Indeed, they couldn’t simply stand by and watch.
Before this incident, though, Alex Cantu and Israel Vallado probably expected a routine start to the working week. In fact, they were simply looking out from within the brightly colored pawn shop where they worked in Austin, Texas, and waiting for customers to arrive.