Disturbing footage captured the moment a 13-year-old girl fought off a man who tried to kidnap her after following her home from summer school on Long Island.
The rattled victim recounted the incident to PIX11 on Wednesday as Nassau County authorities confirmed they had arrested a suspect in the attack.
She said the man, whom she’d never seen before, was on her heels as she walked from Lawrence Road Middle School to her home a mile and a half away at just after noon on Tuesday.
‘I was thinking, why not let him go in front of me because there was something strange about him,’ she said.
Disturbing footage shows a 13-year-old girl fighting off a man who tried to kidnap her outside her house after following her back from summer school on Tuesday in Long Island, New York
The girl fought ferociously to get out of his grasp before running into her home to safety
Police said they arrested a man in connection with the attempted abduction on Wednesday
Video from a surveillance camera mounted at the girl’s doorstep shows the man chasing her down, grabbing her from behind and placing his hand over her mouth.
She manages to struggle out of his grasp before he grabs her again and tries to drag her behind a parked car.
She continued to fight him off and was ultimately able to run up to the door and bang on it until a family member let her in.
The same family member then walked outside and confronted the attempted kidnapper on the lawn, prompting him to flee the scene on foot.
The girl said that while the man never spoke a word to her, she is sure he was trying to abduct her.
Police have not released any information about the suspect but have asked anyone with information to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.
A family member came out of the house and confronted the man before he fled on foot
The girl recounted the harrowing incident to PIX11 on Wednesday. She was not named or pictured but is seen in blue leggings above next to her mother