A Michigan man got more than he bargained for when he allegedly attempted to kidnap an 11-year-old girl who was with three other young girls; the other girls fought back, saving the 11-year-old and then running as a group for refuge to a nearby hotel.
Last Friday night, Bruce Hipkins, 22, was allegedly caught on a Speedway gas station surveillance video, apparently watching four girls, ages 11 to 14, as they shopped for sodas, as ABC 12 reported. When they exited the store, he allegedly followed them, but the girls noticed, and headed for a more well-lit area.
That didn’t help; according to Lauren Eickhoff, 13, who stated, "(He was) behind my sister and I screamed, 'Allison' and then he attacked.” Allison Eickhoff is 11 years old.
Lauren continued, "He said, 'you're coming with me.’ And like, he grabbed my face.”
She recalled thinking, "This can not be happening, I thought it was a test at first but then I'm like, 'this is real.’”
The Eickhoffs were with their friends, who are 12 and 14. Lauren, who had a hot coffee in her hand at the time, recalled, "I grabbed my drink and chucked it at his head. I tried; I punched him in the head." The 14-year-old joined the fight.
According to police, Hipkins released Allison, but then attacked the 14-year-old. Millington Police Chief Jason Oliver said, "He grabbed another one by the hair after he had let the little one go, and they continued to kick and punch him and scream until they let go and ran off.” He added the girls “kicked, screamed, punched, clawed. Threw their hot drinks, their slurpees, whatever they had on them, they did what they needed to do."
According to police, the girls escaped by running to the Millington Inn; someone called 911. Hipkins was arrested and booked into the Tuscola County Jail, charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault and battery, and two counts of criminal sexual conduct.
Lauren Eickhoff said the whole event was frightening, adding, "Seeing that your little sister was going to get tooken is very scary."