10-Year-Old Couldn’t Outrun Suspected Kidnapper So He Did the Next Best Thing

George Graves
George Graves
Wow. Talk about being in the right place at the right time. Two sanitation workers happened to be working nearby when an alleged kidnapping was thisclose from taking place. If it weren't for them, a 10-year-old kid could have been abducted by a man and had god knows what else happen to him. 

Alfreda Clark and Mary Baggett were making their rounds when the boy basically ran into them. "Are you all right?" Clark asked. "No," he shouted. "He's chasing me." The women looked up and saw a man run out of an alley. The women took the boy into their car and called the police. They then brought him to a friend's house, where he called his father.

But what happened before this poor kid ran into the women is pretty damn frightening.

According to reports, the boy was walking down an alley on his way to school when he bent down to tie his shoe. He turned around and noticed a man allegedly rushing toward him. The boy then took off running, and the man chased after him. He, thankfully, then ran into the women, and the man, George Graves, was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping. Graves also has prior arrests for aggravated battery to a child, violating an order of protection, heroin manufacture or distribution, and marijuana manufacture or distribution, according to police. (Lovely.)

The fact that this boy happened to run into these women could not be more of a godsend. Who knows what would have happened had they not been there? And they actually may have saved future kids from being kidnapped, as well. If Graves did intend on abducting this boy, who's to say he wouldn't do it again?

Sometimes things just work out. Right place, right time. And that's nice. Thank god these women were where they were when this happened -- and thank god they were kind enough to help this boy out. Yay for happy endings.

What do you think of this?


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Choco... Chocodoxies

This is exactly why it is dangerous to teach your children not to talk to strangers. If that boy had been raised to fear all strangers, he may not have had the peace of mind to stop and tell those women what was happening to him and things could have been worse. Teach your children to trust their instincts and not to go off with strangers unless they are in this kind of dangerous situation.  Strangers are rarely who your children should fear, it is more often a family member who does the harm. 

Laine... Lainey0468

THANK GOD HE IS SAFE! 

Graca... Gracalynsmom

Thank godness he is ok, I have taught mine since early on as my sister's have too is if, anyone tries to take you they are to  run and scream out ... STRANGER DANGER! I DON'T KNOW YOU! It stops people from thinking it's just a fit. also scream the same thing while kicking and flaring there arm's and leg's if by chance they are grabbed.

Jenn Jabber Hughes

These days you are lucky if anyone is willing to put themselves in the middle of any kind of drama. i know this from experience when my kids dad threatened to kill me outside my apartment in the middle of the day when he had come over to see our boys.. after putting a pen to my throat and threatening to put it thru my neck he then walked inside my apartment picking up our youngest and taunting me to come inside. I knew as long as I stayed outside the baby would be safer than what he would have done to me if I went in so I started screaming at the top of my lungs for someone to help, someone please call 911 and screaming for him to get out of my apt. No one came, no one did anything. And I know for a fact people were home close enough to hear me since my apartment faces the parking lot, and next to a busy street not to mention I live next door to a fire station.

adopt... adoption2013

Thank God those women were there.  Hopefully some of the other inmates turn that pig into a new bride.

nonmember avatar jas

Ohhh the irony of this man's tshirt.

Chaya Kostelicki

The perp looks like a guy trying to sell me "candy" about five years ago. Probably not the same guy, but it really stressed me out.

Kathy Kalous

I've always told my daughter to run to a woman. It's pretty much given that they will help. We're programmed to be helpers.

Teisha May EaglesDiva Lacerra

I hope for justice. I say lock him up for life no parole for once a maybe so called child molester your always gonna be a child molester. For never ever change they will do it or try again. Thank god for these women. Like someone said your lucky for anyone to help or get involved whatsoever anymore they will see you running and screaming and turn the other way and start walking and I know this for it has happened multiple times running from my ex screaming help for he was kicking and gonna really kick my butt when he got a hold of me. These people just turn around look and turn back around and start walking I stopped running thinking he was gone that's why they kept walking nope I turn around and punch straight in the face and he hit me like I was a dude. I'm laying on the ground I start screaming I look to my left and those same people were looking over and when I said help they turned around and walked away. Their are still some good human beings out there and I thank god and them everyday for it. Glad the little boy is safe and sound. Bet Mom is beyond freaked out but happy as can be at the same time. God bless you and you're family!! 0:)

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