Alleged terrifying kidnapping of two young brothers leads to 34-year-old man being charged in ‘extremely traumatic incident’
- A 12-year-old boy fought an alleged attacker at home
- Then he found out that his brother, 8, was missing
- Both boys are now safe and well after a medical examination
A man has been charged after a young boy resisted an alleged kidnapping as he actually tried to take the boy’s younger brother while the family was asleep.
The alleged terrifying abduction of the two boys rocked Mora in Western Australia’s Whitpelt region on Friday morning.
Western Australian State Police arrested a 34-year-old man on Friday and charged him with two counts of detaining a child under the age of 16, two counts of aggravated robbery, deprivation of liberty, denial of an offense and criminal damage.
They don’t think he knows the boys.
He will appear at Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday.
Western Australian State Police Inspector Karini Santoro said the 12-year-old boy’s actions led to a swift resolution of the “extremely distressing incident”.
“His bravery and courage in getting himself out of this situation was phenomenal, and to go and immediately alert an adult of what happened was a really good deed,” Detective Santoro told reporters.
The alleged terrifying abduction of the two boys rocked Mora in Western Australia’s Whitpelt region on Friday morning
Police will allege that a man broke into the house on Padbury Street through the front door and tried to drag the 12-year-old out around 5am.
But the boy resisted and raised the alarm with an adult in the house.
It was then that they discovered that his eight-year-old brother was missing.
The police searched the area and shortly after, around 7.10 am, found the 8-year-old boy in a nearby house.
Inspector Santoro said the boy came to the door in a “sad state”, but happy to find him
The two children were taken to the hospital for a routine check-up.
“He seemed to be in really good spirits, he was really brave about the incident and just happy to be back with his family,” Inspector Santoro said.
The West Australian newspaper reported The boys were being cared for by a family friend while their father was at work.