A 10-year-old Memphis boy is being hailed as a hero after police said he fended off a would-be abductor who tried to snatch his little sister.
Jai'von Simpson, brother Jamar Simpson, and sister Terrincy Butler were leaving the school bus just outside their apartment building on Tuesday when a man wearing an orange jacket and a cowboy hat approched them and seized 6-year-old Terrincy by the wrist, according to a police report.
The man began to drag Terrincy away.
"The man came to me, and he grabbed my hand, and he said he loved me," Terrincy told ABC News affiliate WPTY.
Scared as he was, Jai'von grabbed Terrincy's other arm, pulled her from the stranger's arms, and led his siblings to the safety of their apartment.
"I thought he was going to take my sister," said Jai'von, "and I was going to have to fight back."
The children's mother, Rene Guy, flagged down a patrolling officer and it didn't take long for the Memphis police to track down and identify a suspect who fit that description. They arrested William Moore, 61, who now faces charges of attempted felony kidnapping. He could face up to 30 years in prison according to Sergeant Karen Rudolph of the Memphis Police Department.
For Guy, the incident brought a frightening reality, often seen on the news, too close to home.
"I watch it all the time on television and pray for them people," she told WPTY. "But never would have thought someone would actually mess with my daughter."