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June 3, 2013 at 12:13 PM

White Center mother called ‘hero’ for fighting off kidnap attempt

Authorities are calling a White Center woman a hero after she fought off a masked man who tried to abduct her 3-year-old son yesterday.

The woman and her son were outside the home in the 10400 block of Third Avenue Southwest just before 6 p.m. when she felt someone brush by her, according to King County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West. The woman then saw a man run around the back of her house with her son under his arm, West said.

“The guy had him in his hands, and he brushed up kind of behind me, and I saw that he had my son in his arms,” the woman, Melissa Hines, told KOMO-TV.

Hines chased the man, who tripped and fell, dropping Hines’ son, she said. The woman and the man began fighting and the woman eventually laid on top of her son to protect him. The man repeatedly kicked and punched Hines in the head and body before fleeing over a backyard fence, West said.

“When he kicked me, I lost the wind in me,” Hines told KOMO-TV. “I felt like I was kind of going out because I couldn’t fight anymore, because I fought him for a while. I kicked and punched him.”

The man is described as tall and “lanky.” He was wearing a black ski mask, black clothing and black gloves.  The age or race of the man is not known.

The boy was not injured but Hines suffered a black eye and bruises from the fight, West said.

“We’re always telling the kids got to make sure the gates are latched, are closed, and need to stay in the yard,” Hines said. “And this guy was inside our yard, which makes it really scary.”

West called Hines “a hero in my book.”

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