PORTLAND – A mom in Southeast Portland told KGW she saw a teen trying to abducted her 6-year-old daughter Sunday night and she hit him with a 2x4 until he let the girl go and ran off.
The girl had been playing outside, at a friend’s house, when the young man grabbed her just before 6:30 p.m. in the 16900 block of SE Lafayette Street, according to police.
"The mom ... heard a muffled scream from area where her kids were playing. The mother ... goes outside to see a male with his arm around the child's neck and his hand on the girl's mouth. The suspect was trying to pull the girl into the bushes," said Lt. Robert King with the Portland Police Bureau.
The suspect ran off after releasing the girl. After that, mom Antoinette Robinson said she jumped into a car with neighbors and chased him down.
The neighbors tackled the suspect and held him down until police arrived, King said.
"The quick thinking of the girl's mom and concerned neighbors made all the difference is getting this dangerous suspect off the street," King said.
Police arrested the 17-year-old suspect on kidnap and aggravated harassment charges.
Robinson said her daughter, Xavieria was shaken up by the attempted abduction, but doing fine Monday.