August 27, 2012 12:30On Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 6:28 p.m., Portland Police officers assigned to East Precinct responded to the report of an attempted child abduction with neighbors holding the suspect down in the 16400 block at Southeast Clinton Street. The attempted abduction occurred at a residence in the 16900 block of SE Lafayette Street.
The mom of a 7-year-old girl heard a muffled scream from area where her kids were playing. The mother of the 7-year-old goes outside to see a male with his arm around the child's neck and his hand on the girl's mouth. The suspect was trying to pull the girl into the bushes.
The mother of the girl ran to help her daughter and yelled at the suspect and hit him with a stick to make him let go. The struggle with the suspect got the attention of the neighbors and the suspect ran away. The mother and neighbors chased the suspect on foot and in a car to 164th and SE Clinton Street and tackled him and held him down until officers arrived.
The quick thinking of the girl's mom and concerned neighbors made all the difference is getting this dangerous suspect off the street.
Officers arrived and took the suspect into custody and called Assault Detectives to assist in conducting the investigation.
The suspect, 17-year-old Joel Miranda, was transported to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Hall and lodged on the charge of Kidnap in the First Degree and Aggravated Harassment.
The investigation is ongoing and so no further details are available at this time.
The Portland Police Bureau would like to remind parents to talk to their children about "stranger danger" to keep them safe. Some excellent tips by Dr. Robin F. Goodman about "stranger danger" are available by clicking http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Stranger_Danger/.
Sgt. Pete Simpson