A brave, young Glendale, CA. resident managed to fight off a would-be kidnapper and save his infant brother from being abducted.
PIX-11 reported that last Wednesday (August 10), the 8-year-old, whose name and identity are being protected, was standing outside of John Marshall Elementary School with his younger sibling when an unknown person made a grab for the little one. Without hesitation, the young boy began fighting for their safety.
“I wanted to save my brother,” the little hero expressed, “[because] if she, like, [took] him away, she might have killed him. She looked like a bad person.”
That “bad person,” who was revealed to be Lisa A. Arnold, 52, had, unbeknownst to anyone, previously attempted to grab a 14-month-old girl just 30 minutes earlier. In that case, the infant’s mother was able to quickly intervene.
This time around, Arnold would find herself thwarted by the Glendale elementary student, who used every bit of strength in his body to stop her once again.
“I punched her on her finger, then I punched her on her tummy,” he told KTLA. “Then, she let go of my little brother [and ran off].”
The boy’s mother, who was only several feet away from both children, quickly ran toward them once she realized what was going on. She then called 911 to report the crime, but she had trouble communicating with the dispatcher due to not being fluent in English.
“Somebody, uh, steal my son,” she stammered. Once again, the young boy found himself stepping up and taking charge of the situation.
“It didn’t happen to me,” he relayed to the operator, clarifying his mother’s initial statement. “It happened to my [3-year-old] little brother. It was [a] guy and he had long hair, and he said, ‘You have a beautiful kid.'”
Later on during the call, he would admit that he was unsure whether or not the kidnapper was male or female, due to confusing, gender-identifying traits (“His voice sounded like a girl, but he looked like a man,” the Glendale boy expressed), but he was easily able to recall every moment of the harrowing situation that just took place.
“He was walking, sneaking past us and trying to get the baby out of our hands,” he said. “And then, she hit my mom, and I said ‘let my brother go’ very strongly. Then I pushed my little brother [away], and hit her on her finger and [she] let go and ran [full] speed [away], at 100 percent.”
The young boy was also able to remember the “small and gray” car that Arnold was driving, which was picked up by nearby surveillance cameras. Within two days, Arnold was captured by Glendale police and charged with two counts of felony kidnapping with the extra notation of both near-victims being under the age of 14 years old. She entered a “not guilty” plea in a Burbank court this past Tuesday (August 16). If Ms. Arnold is convicted, she faces nine years in prison. Her bail is currently set at $100,000.
While the young Glendale student was successful in his heroic acts, another child from earlier this week was unable to save himself or his cousin from meeting a dark end. As noted by the Inquisitr on Wednesday, 9-year-old Jayden Ugwuh was shot and killed after he tried, in vain, to warn his cousin, Montell Ross, 8, about the gunfire that was taking place outside of the Missouri home where he lived.
Although he initially managed to exit the bedroom safely, he was hit several times when he went back for Ross, who had also been mortally injured. The person or persons responsible for the tragic death of these two children have not been arrested yet.
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