LANCASTER, Calif. — Four California men will be honored for preventing a man from fleeing after he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in May 2015.

KABC-TV reports the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday will award the men the Courageous Citizen Award for actions that led to the arrest of Joseph Cornett in Lancaster.

Authorities say the men cornered Cornett after they saw a 15-year-old victim running from him. Cornett’s vehicle had become stuck in sand, and the men prevented him from exiting until authorities arrived. The men recorded the ordeal on their cellphones.

Cornett was convicted last year of 15 felony counts involving kidnap and rape of minors, and he was given a life sentence.

Information from: KABC-TV,

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