An Iowa teenager saved her little brother from abduction on Friday, after the kidnapper forcibly removed the boy from his home.
According to family members, 17-year-old Akuk Akok entered the home while everyone was sleeping. After pulling the boy out of bed, Akok pulled him out of the basement window and hit the boy in the face.
The boy’s older sister immediately ran after Akok and into the front yard after she woke up and heard the struggle. When the girl managed to retrieve her brother, Akok ran from the scene.
Around 12:50 a.m. on Friday morning, police arrived to the home on the 100 block of McDonald Drive in response to the disturbance. Akok was discovered by police in the 4300 block of Lincoln Swing, arrested and sent to Mary Greeley Medical Center for a mental health examination.
“When officers had contact with him it was apparent he needed mental health evaluation,” police commander Jason Tuttle said.
Akok was later sent to a second mental health facility outside of Ames. He will be charged as an adult with first-degree burglary, since the crime is considered a forcible felony.
The child reportedly suffered a bloody nose and swelling to the face.
“The event is very concerning to us,” Tuttle said. “It’s very serious.”
Police noted that Akok is a stranger to the family and lives a few blocks from their home. Akok’s intentions are currently unclear.