"Be brave and just fight:" Young girl fights off alleged abductor in SW Columbus
A young girl said she fought off a potential kidnapper in Southwest Columbus Tuesday morning, by biting the man.
Columbus Police are looking for the suspect.
"If this does happen to you, be brave and just fight," said 11-year-old Kloey Mullins.
Mullins shared powerful words with ABC6/FOX28 after she said a man tried to abduct on her way to the bus stop on Westgrove Drive around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
"There was this man, he basically like he said 'hi' to me, and then I said 'hi' back, and I took a couple of steps. He had grabbed my arms and was trying to force me into the car, so my first instinct was to bite him, so I bit his arm," said Mullins.
That's when she said she took off running, finding two friends, one who pulled out a GoPro camera and started recording.
"He went back around like from where he was, and he started mouthing things, but I don't know what he says," she said.
She said she and her friends ran to a home and waited until the bus arrived.
"I was kind of having a panic attack because I was scared," said the 11-year-old.
Her mother said she received a call from her daughter's school Holt Crossing Intermediate School.
"It is like one phone call that you never want to receive," said Sabrina Coleman, her mother.
Coleman's hope is that other parents don't overlook this story.
"Please tell them what to do if they are ever approached by a stranger, or what to do in the situation, because it literally saved my daughter's life today," she said.
Kloey said she owes her fighting back response to her mother.
"My beautiful mother taught me that," she said, "we used to live in a not so good neighborhood, and she taught us that if there was some situation to fight back and not to give in."
Columbus Police investigators are actively looking for the suspect.
"Talk to your kids about paying attention, walking in groups, not walking with your head down and your earphones in," said Sergeant Chantay Boxill with the Columbus Division of police.
Kloey and her mom are happy to be together.
"She did really good, she's been so brave, so strong, I am just really proud of her," said Coleman.
Police provided a description of the suspect, according to the account of the incident.
The suspect allegedly drove a small, dark SUV. He is described as a black man between the ages of 28 and 30 years old.
The suspect is between five-feet-eight inches and six-feet tall, with full facial hair, a close-cropped haircut, wearing a black knit cap, a black zip hoodie, jeans, and black sneakers.
If you know anything about what happened call Columbus Police at 614-645-3514 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coleman said from now on they will be using the buddy system to get to the bus.
South-Western City Schools said they sent out a letter and call to parents, alerted other schools in the area and sent out safety tips with that letter.