Michigan boy uses slingshot to thwart sister’s kidnapping, police say

ALPENA, Michigan — A Michigan girl escaped a kidnapping attempt when her brother attacked the would-be attacker with a slingshot, authorities said this week.

Mlive.com reports that Michigan State Police arrested the accused attacker Wednesday in the town of Alpena.

The 17-year-old’s name has not been released, although he was charged as an adult with one count of attempted kidnapping/attraction of children, another count of attempted assault with less than murder and another count of assault and assault.

Michigan State Police said in a press release that the 8-year-old girl was in her backyard when the suspected attacker came out of the woods, grabbed her and covered her mouth. Authorities said the girl’s 13-year-old brother hit the alleged attacker in the head and chest with a slingshot.

Police later arrested the 17-year-old based on another family member’s description of the suspect. Authorities also said the teenager had visible wounds from the slingshot.

Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing Alley@ustimespost.com.

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