Teenage boy uses slingshot to save 8-year-old sister from alleged kidnapper
A 14-year-old boy who used a slingshot to stop a kidnapper says he was “just lucky” he was able to stop the man who tried to abduct his sister.
The incident happened when the boy’s 8-year-old sister decided to go mushroom hunting in their backyard on May 10. A male suspect, later identified as a 17-year-old, came through the woods and grabbed the girl, identified.
His brother, Wayne Barnes, said in an interview with local station WWTV/WWUP-TV that he saw it happen from a window and acted.
Burns said he told his sister to be careful before he left and when he first heard her scream, he thought a friend had come over and they were “messing around.” But then he heard another scream. “So I looked out the window and saw him being kidnapped by a man and I panicked,” he said.
“I was like, pretty much cursing because I didn’t know what to do. So I grabbed my slingshot and opened the window and I grabbed two things like a marble and a pebble or something,” he said. Barnes hit the suspect in the head and chest – leaving marks, which later helped police officers identify him.
“I was lucky. He’s just a big target because he’s not like Pepsi,” Barnes said. She called her mother, who called the police.
A family member reported a man matching the suspect’s description running away, and state troopers searched until they found the suspect hiding.
He is charged as an adult with one count each of attempted abduction/seduction of a child, attempted assault inflicting bodily harm less than murder, and one count of assault and battery. His bond was set at $150,000.
“If you were playing in your own yard or on your own property, you wouldn’t think you’d have to worry about something like this, but it just goes to show that there’s evil out there,” said a Michigan representative. State police said, according to CBS Philadelphia.
Wayne was “really the one” to save her, the spokeswoman said. “For a 14-year-old to see that and pop into action that quickly is fantastic and he should be commended for that.”
“What he did helped us identify who the suspect was because obviously the (suspect’s) gunshot wounds helped us identify who it was.”