An 18-year-old Salt Lake City, Utah woman saved her 12-year-old niece when a man attempted to abduct her in plain sight.
According to reports, the teenage aunt and her niece were walking along the side of the road when they spotted a black SUV with all of its doors open parked on the street. As they continued to walk past the vehicle, the man inside grabbed the 12-year-old girl from behind and tried to throw her in the car.
"It was really scary," said the girl’s 18-year-old aunt, identified only as Aly, to KUTV. "I couldn't scream and she couldn't scream because we were in shock and everything."
Just as her niece was about to be thrown into the car, Aly, who is less than five feet tall, quickly came from behind and punched the man in the back of the head. Aly hit the man hard enough for him to drop the 12-year-old girl, get back in his car, and speed off.
"I think I need to save her and I don't care if he hurts me, but I need to save her and get her away from the guy," said Aly. "The way my family is we wouldn't let anybody hurt our family, so I had to do anything possible to save her. I wasn't thinking about myself. I was thinking about saving my family and what meant more to me than myself. It worked out luckily. If it didn't I don't know what I would do.”
Police say that even though Aly’s actions were risky, she did what they would suggest others do in that situation.
“The aunt did the right thing in this case," said Unified Police Department Lt. Justin Hoyal. "She went over and ultimately caused him to let the victim go and ultimately they are home safe because of those actions."
Police are currently searching for the suspect.
Sources: The Blaze, Fox 13 Now, KUTV