Roy sees "the boy with no shoes" running down the sidewalk again. When he jumps out of his seat to try and catch the boy, Dana Matherson grabs him by the neck and starts to strangle him.
As Roy is gasping for air, he realizes that if he doesn’t act quick, he’s going to lose the boy and he might never see him again. With that in mind, Roy clenched his fist and blindly punched. He hit something "moist and rubbery"... Dana's nose.
Once Roy got rid of Dana, he sprinted to the door. He was running so fast that he almost ran into "a tall girl with curly blonde hair, and red-framed glasses." She wondered where he was going, but Roy didn't answer. He was already in hot pursuit of the boy.