A young girl’s instinct saved her young brother from abduction, and she is being hailed a hero.
Julianne Moore, 11, from Ohio, Cleveland, is one young girl who demonstrates that paying attention to your family can save a life, or in this case, the life of her younger brother. When the two children were out playing in their front yard in Old Brooklyn, a west side neighborhood of Cleveland, they were interrupted by a strange man who approached them.
“He started to talk to us, but we really couldn’t figure out what he was saying. It was like gibberish so we really didn’t think much of it,” Julianne told Fox8.
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The man, who carried a large bottle of orange soda, walked past their house; but then suddenly, he turned back and made a grab for 6-year-old Hayden and began dragging him off by the hand.
“When he tried to grab my brother, I knew like this was serious. This was not like any handshake or anything,” Julianne said. Without her quick thinking, the result might well have been entirely different, as it was obvious the man was attempting to kidnap Hayden.
“I just grabbed my brother and went into the backyard because there was no time to panic. You just have to go with it,” she said.
Julianne and her brother then told their father, Joshua Moore, who then ran outside to confront the man.
“My daughter came running back there with my son, dragging him by the arm and screaming. I said, ‘Julianne, what’s wrong?’ She said a man tried to abduct Hayden,” Joshua said.
11-year-old pulls her little brother from the grip of a possible kidnapper leading to his arrest… and she says she does not feel like a hero: https://t.co/3Bb3kFdHyf
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Upon confronting the man, Joshua asked him if he had touched his child: “I said, ‘Excuse me, did you touch my child?’ And he just threw his arms out like this and continued walking. At that point, I came back. My daughter was crying and upset, and we called police,” Moore said.
Joshua then called the police. Based on Julianne’s description of the man, the Cleveland division police were able to track a man just half a mile from the home. The man was arrested and identified as Pedro Luyando, 33, of Cleveland. Luyando was then charged with abduction.
Sister of the year right here. What a hero 👏👏 https://t.co/sSGn1MIUrS
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Julianne was shaken by the incident afterwards and said: “My heart dropped because I know that I saved my brother. He would not be here right now.”
Her father, Joshua, is thankful for his daughter’s quick thinking and her brave actions. “She’s my hero. She saved my son,” Moore told News 5 Cleveland. “I told everyone, I truly believe my son wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for her.”
Julianne said that she acted on lessons taught by her parents—to always look out for her younger brother and to always try and stay calm. “The best thing I could do was take him and go because it’s not good to panic when there is [sic] problem, because I could have wasted time just sitting there panicking in not knowing what to do,” the girl said.
She was indeed a brave little girl to act first before running to alert her parents; had she not done so, it might not have turned out too well for Hayden.