Maryland Man Breaks Up Kidnapping Attempt Simply by Stopping to Ask Questions

Police say Eric Lee thwarted a kidnapping attempt and helped capture the suspect. (Photo: WJLA)
Police say Eric Lee thwarted a kidnapping attempt and helped capture the suspect. (Photo: WJLA)

A suspected child predator is in custody in Prince George’s County, thanks to the work of a Good Samaritan who stopped a child abduction from happening.

Police say a 12-year-old girl and her 8-year-old brother were waiting to cross Landover Road around 2:30 p.m. Friday to meet their father. The suspect, Michael Jesse McLong, told the little girl he was a police officer before grabbing her by the arm and pulling her toward the back of a nearby shopping center. That’s when a passerby who was at the right place at the right time stepped in.

Eric Lee, who was working at a nearby apartment complex, was on his way to the shopping center to pick up some supplies when he saw McLong with the two children.

“So, I slowed down, I backed up, and I asked, was everything OK? And the little girl said, ‘No, can you please help me, sir?’” Lee recounted. “So, I put the car in park and I got out and [McLong] said, ‘It’s OK, I’m a police officer.’”

“So, I asked the little girl, ‘Do you know him?’ And she said, ‘No, sir, could you please help me?’” Lee continued. “She was in distress; the little boy was crying and screaming, and she was doing the same. So, I asked [McLong] to back away from them. When I approached him, he ran.”

Police say Lee is nothing short of a hero.

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SOURCE: Roz Plater 

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