The 57-year-old man raced to the crime scene in the town of Kleve after his daughter telephoned him to say; “There’s a man following me home dad…..”
He then held him down with his body while calling police and an ambulance on his mobile phone.
The 23-year-old had been to a disco with friends the previous evening, could not find a cab at 5.30am on Sunday morning to get home so began the two mile walk to the house she lives in with her parents.
Her attacker, 23, is understood to live in an asylum seekers’ home in Kleve.
“This man in a hero,” said police. “He saved his own daughter from something terrible happening to her.”