Portland mom hits abductor with 2x4, rescues daughter

Portland mom hits abductor with 2x4, rescues daughter

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by KGW Staff

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 5:30 PM

PORTLAND – A mom told KGW she punched a man who was trying to abduct her 6-year old in Southeast Portland Sunday night until he let her daughter 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. and tried to pull her into the bushes in the 16900 block of SE Lafayette Street, according to police.

"I thought I heard something and then I looked and the man had my daughter in a bush with his hand over her mouth & around her waist," Antoinette Robinson told KGW. "I jumped up and ran out of the house and I just socked him in his face. Then I went to go hit him again and he let her go and we both rolled down the hill."

The suspect ran off after releasing the girl.  After that, Robinson said she jumped into a car with neighbors and chased him down. 

"I got out with a 2x4 and I broke it over him... I'm not gonna lie, I just went over there and I just stomped him in his face and mouth," Robinson said.

The neighbors tackled the suspect and held him down until police arrived, according to Lt. Robert King with the Portland Police Bureau.

"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 and had never seen the man before.

On Monday, Little Xavieria said she was scared but her mom was there to protect her.

"My mom will always be there for me," she said.

(KGW reporter Erica Heartquist contributed to this report.)

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