Father Arrests Man Trying To Abduct 10-Year-Old Daughter Until Cops Arrive, Oregon Police Say

An Oregon father stopped an intruder from kidnapping his 10-year-old daughter, authorities said.

Lincoln City Police said they arrested Joshua Hawkins, 33, of Federal Way, Wash., Wednesday night on charges of burglary and attempted kidnapping.

Police responded to a burglary report and discovered Hawkins entered a house that was a vacation rental through an unlocked door, they said. Hawkins was interrupted by a 10-year-old girl in the house, and he attempted to “grab the girl by grabbing her and pulling her towards him, saying she was a victim of human trafficking and that he was going to take her from there. “the police said.

The girl escaped and told her parents there was a man in the house, police said. The girl’s father, Roberto Gaona, held Hawkins until police arrived, officials said.

Authorities said an investigation found Hawkins had plastic ties and “burglary tools.” He was taken to Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital for a medical examination because he “appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance,” police said.

After Hawkins was cleared, he was taken in a patrol car, slipped out of his handcuffs and began a fight with a policeman in the emergency parking lot before being handcuffed again, officials said.

Hawkins was charged with burglary, attempted kidnapping, possession of burglary tools, attempted escape, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said.


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