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Dad Chases Off Group Who Tried To Kidnap Daughter

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A Florida father reportedly chased down and confronted members of the group that tried to kidnap his daughter.

As Amber Brackney, 17, left her family's home in Crestview, she found that her car's path was blocked by a bunch of barrels, according to Daily Mail. Amber stayed in the vehicle and drove around the barrels, heading out to the street.

According to a Facebook post from the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Amber called her father, 51-year-old Terry Brackney, to let him know what had happened.

The barrels were reportedly placed by a 19-year-old man and three teens, who police believe had "concocted a plan to kidnap the teenage daughter," by placing the barrels at the end of the driveway to make her get out of the car so they could grab her.

Shortly after Amber called him, Terry heard his dogs barking and his motion-activated lights came on. The dad grabbed his gun before heading outside to see what was going on.

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Terry said he came outside to find 19-year-old Keilon Johnson and the three teens, aged 15, 16, and 17, trying to break into the family's garage.

Terry then fired his gun, causing the group to flee into the woods. The dad also found out that the group had been unscrewing the home's security lights.

A neighbor reported seeing a "suspicious car" leaving from where the incident took place, and when police stopped the vehicle, they found the group who had been at the Brackney house inside, with guns, a knife and a roll of tape.

Johnson and the teens were charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted home invasion robbery.

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According to the sheriff's office, the group's plan had been to kidnap Amber before confronting her father, who they believed was wealthy, so they could rob the family's home.

Johnson was booked into Okaloosa County Jail, while the three teenagers were sent to a Department of Juvenile Justice facility.

In a similar story in November 2014, a Utah father foiled a home invader's attempt to kidnap his 5-year-old daughter when he discovered the man carrying the young girl across the lawn, reports The Associated Press.

The intruder entered the home through a window or door that was unlocked and took the sleeping girl out of her bed, carrying her upstairs from the basement and making noises that awoke the girl's parents.

When the young girl's father saw the man carrying his daughter across the front yard, he sprung into action, wresting his daughter away from the attempted kidnapper.

The father called 911 after the man fled. Police set up a search for the suspect, and caught him after he went into a second home, where the residents called police. He was caught after a police dog bit him in the shoulder, according to Police Sgt. Dean Carriger.

The suspect was identified as 46-year-old Troy Morley, from Roy, Utah. After receiving medical treatment for the dog bite, Morley was arrested for child kidnapping and burglary.

"It obviously was a very scary, traumatic situation," said Carriger. "The sanctity of our home is huge and for somebody to enter that and grab your child, it's got to be one of the worst nightmares a parents could face ... If those parents were not awakened to go out and investigate, he could have easily left undetected with the girl."

Sources: Daily Mail, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office/Facebook, AP via The Guardian / Featured Image: Teknorat/Flickr / Embedded Images: Facebook via Daily Mail

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