14-Year-Old Fends Off Little Sister's Kidnapper With a Slingshot

Brittany M. Hughes | May 16, 2023
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In a modern-day twist on the Biblical account of David and Goliath, a kid in Michigan stopped a would-be kidnapper from taking off with his sister – and doing God only knows what else to her – by fending off the attacker with a slingshot.

True story. A 14-year-old teen boy said his 8-year-old sister was out in the family’s backyard in the rural Alpena Township in northeastern Michigan picking mushrooms when a man came out of the woods and grabbed her, covering her mouth and trying to pull her into the trees. To her immense credit, the little girl fought until she was able to wrestle herself free. Meanwhile, her brother had grabbed his slingshot and began pelting the man in the head and chest, forcing him to flee.

State troopers later found the creep hiding, identifying the 17-year-old male as the perp by the injuries to his head and neck that were consistent with slingshot wounds. He’s since been charged as an adult with attempted kidnapping and child enticement, attempted assault to do great bodily harm less than murder, and assault and battery. His bond has been set at $150,000 and his first court appearance is on Wednesday.

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While Michigan State Police were quick to respond and able to locate the guy, a spokesperson for the department said all credit for saving the little girl from getting dragged off into the woods goes to her brother, who acted with astonishing speed and skill.

"For a 14-year-old to see that and pop into action that quickly is extraordinary and he should be commended for it,” the spokesperson said. "What he did also helped us identify who the suspect was because obviously [the suspect] had injuries from being hit with the slingshot and those were things that helped us evidentiary-wise identify who it was.”

Conclusion? If you don't already own a gun for self-defense, buy one. But if you're a 14-year-old kid and that's not an option for you, knowing your way around a slingshot might just do the trick. 

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