"The suspect had come through the woods onto the property and came from
behind her, grabbed her like you'd see in the movies -- hand over the
mouth, arm around the waist -- and was attempting to pull her into the
woods," Lt. John Grimshaw with the Michigan State Police told ABC Traverse City affiliate WGTU .
The girl was able to break free, police said. Her 13-year-old brother
also witnessed the attack and shot the assailant in the head and chest
with his slingshot, police said.
Grimshaw called the teen's actions "extraordinary."
"He really is the one that ... I believe saved his sister's either life
or from something seriously bad happening to her," Grimshaw told WGTU.
"He should be commended for it."
The suspect fled the area but was located by state troopers hiding at a
nearby gas station and was able to be identified in part due to
injuries from the slingshot, police said.
"The suspect had obvious signs of injury sustained from the slingshot with wounds to his head and chest," police said.
The suspect -- identified as a 17-year-old from Alpena -- was taken
into custody and allegedly confessed to detectives that he "planned on
severely beating the victim," police said. He was lodged in the Alpena
County Jail without incident, police said.
The suspect was arraigned on Thursday on one count of attempted
kidnapping/child enticement, one count of attempted assault to do great
bodily harm less than murder, and one count of assault and battery,
according to police.
His bond was set at $150,000 and his next court appearance was scheduled for May 17, police said.
The suspect is being charged as an adult but his name has not been released by police.