A-nari Taylor has been dubbed Miami’s littlest crime fighter after fighting off a would-be kidnapper with her bare hands.
A-nari, 7, and her cousin, 4-year-old Brandon, were playing with other kids outside their apartment complex when a man walked up to Brandon, screaming “God told me to take him, God told me he’s coming with me,” A-nari told NBC News. The would-be abductor “allegedly grabbed Brandon’s arm, but A-nari stepped into action.”
“The man started pulling him, and we start pulling him back,” A-nari told the press, “I had to chop and kick him so he could let Brandon go.” The girl was honored in a civil ceremony, in which she announced that she was scared, but she had to fight to save Brandon, “cause my mama always said safety is first.”
As A-nari fought for her cousin, another adult ran from the apartment complex to assist. The New York Daily reports that the city held a ceremony to honor their pint-sized hero, where “police gave Taylor a plaque and a SpongeBob SquarePants jacket.”
Although the would-be kidnapper eventually gave up and let Brandon go, A-nari was able to help police identify the man, 39-year-old David Moore, who was arrested. A-nari told the NewYork Daily after the ceremony that “the scare isn’t enough to keep her indoors, but she’ll make sure her mom is always nearby.”
The girl was honored in a civil ceremony, in which she announced that she was scared, but she had to fight to save Brandon, “cause my mama always said safety is first.”