Houston, TX – An alleged kidnapper accused of trying to sexually assault an 11-year-old boy was apprehended by a group of good Samaritans who grabbed him and pinned him against a car until police arrived at the scene.
The incident occurred at an east Houston apartment complex on June 14, KTRK reported.
The 11-year-old boy said a man he didn’t know approached him while he was doing laundry and asked to borrow the boy’s laundry card.
After the boy went and obtained permission from his mother to allow the man to use their card, the man allegedly asked him to help him gather something from his vehicle, KTRK reported.
But when they reached the man’s car, the 11-year-old said he suddenly found himself being shoved into the vehicle and locked inside.
“He said ‘obey me, or else you will get killed’, and said he had a gun,” the boy told KTRK.
The victim said the attacker grabbed him, covered his mouth, and told him to get into certain positions, but that he fought back, suffering scratches on his arm and face.
“He grabbed my hands and tried to grab my phone and put it somewhere else but forgot my hands were free,” the child recounted. “So, I tried to open the lock, I opened it, and I opened the door.”
The 11-year-old said he managed to escape the vehicle and began screaming for help, drawing the attention of two of his neighbors, KTRK reported.
The Good Samaritans grabbed the combative suspect and pinned him against a nearby car while they waited for police to respond, cell phone footage showed.
“He was trying to get free and said he did nothing wrong and tried to fight them, but they wouldn’t let him,” the victim’s sister told KTRK.
Officers arrested the suspect on an aggravated kidnapping charge and his bond was set at $250,000.
He has been identified as 30-year-old Miguel Angel Cordero Ramirez.
Ramirez does not live at the apartment complex and records indicate he resides about 15 miles away in Pasadena, KABC reported.
The victim and his family said they had never seen the suspect before.
The 11-year-old told KTRK he hopes his attacker says “in jail forever” so he can “learn his lesson” and “never do this again.”
He said he has always wanted to be a police officer, and that this incident has motivated him to become one even more, KTRK reported.
The little boy’s family said they are thankful for his quick thinking and for everyone who responded to his cries for help.