KINGSLEY, MICHIGAN — A runaway teen was being held captive inside a car, and it’s a fake gun that ultimately saved her from her kidnapper.
The 16-year-old broke free after being held in the car for two weeks, according to police.
While they were driving, she threw her cell phone out a window, prompting the suspect to stop the car and allow her to retrieve it, police said.
Once she got out of the car to retrieve the phone, she high-tailed it to a nearby home and was calling out for help. The suspect, a 21-year-old, forced his way into the home and refused demands to leave by the resident. After the refusal, the resident grabbed a decorative firearm that was hanging on the wall and used it to force the man outside.
Police quickly arrested the man for home invasion and domestic assault.
The details behind the entire ordeal are slim, but I can’t help but wonder how thing would have ended up if the resident hadn’t displayed the fake gun as a real one. It’d be speculation, but this is still another example of the importance of being prepared for the unexpected.