Michigan 13-Year-Old Boy Armed With a Slingshot Saves Little Sister From Attempted Kidnapping: Police

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May 26 2023, Published 10:22 a.m. ET

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A Michigan girl successfully avoided an attempted kidnapping after her brother used a slingshot to hit the attacker, according to authorities.

On May 10, the 8-year-old girl was hunting for mushrooms in her backyard in Alpena when a male appeared from the woods, grabbed the girl and covered her mouth, MLive reported.

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Michigan State Police said the victim was able to break away from the 17-year-old suspect after the victim’s 13-year-old brother saw the attempted abduction and shot the suspect in the head and chest using a slingshot.

When the suspect was fleeing from the scene, another family member was able to get a look at him and provide a description to police, who began searching for him, MLive reported.

Police said they located the suspect hiding at a nearby gas station and took him into custody. He reportedly had visible wounds from the slingshot.

Detectives interviewed the suspect, who allegedly admitted that he planned on severely beating the child, according to MLive.

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The teenage suspect was booked into the Alpena County Jail and was arraigned on May 11 on one count of attempted kidnapping/child endangerment, one count of attempted assault to do great bodily harm less than murder, and one count of assault and battery.

While the suspect is a juvenile, officials said he will be charged as an adult. However, his identity has not been released publicly and his bond was set at $150,000, according to authorities.

He is due back in court on May 17 for a probable cause conference.


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