14-year-old saves young boy from attempted kidnapping by 18 y.o. homeless man claiming to be his dad

MONROE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Monroe County Sheriff's Department is investigating the attempted kidnapping of a 7-year-old boy.

It happened between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Saturday in the wooded lot south of the Kroger shopping plaza on South Monroe Street. However, the incident was not reported until almost 11:00 p.m.

Police say a group of boys were riding their bikes to a fast food restaurant in the area. However, the oldest boy in the group, a 14-year-old, broke off and went to a different restaurant.

When the 14-year-old broke off, an 18-year-old homeless man with ties to Monroe, Temperance and the Petersburg area met up with the younger group. He accompanied them to the restaurant and then, after eating, went with them toward the wooded lot.

As they rode, the 18-year-old suspect and the 7-year-old victim rode ahead of the other boys. Police say this was when the suspect grabbed the 7-year-old and attempted to pull him into the lot from the paved alley that they were riding on.

At this point the 14-year-old caught up with the younger boys and saw the 18-year-old suspect pulling the 7-year-old's arm. He ran to the aide of the 7-year-old, pushing the suspect.

The boys say the 18-year-old then claimed to be the 7-year-old's father.

Before anything else could happen, the group of boys ran from the scene. They later told their parents what had happened and police were notified.

An initial search failed to locate the suspect. However, he was found Sunday morning sleeping in a tent in the area and taken into custody for questioning. He is know being held in the Monroe County Jail on attempted kidnapping charges. His name has not been released.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at either (734) 240-7530 or (734) 240-7548.

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