Four girls fight off attacker in MI

Girl team up against attacker in MI
Bruce Hipkins, 22, was arrested on kidnapping and other charges. (Source: WJRT/CNN)
Bruce Hipkins, 22, was arrested on kidnapping and other charges. (Source: WJRT/CNN)

MILLINGTON, MI (WJRT/CNN) - Four girls escaped what they describe as a terrifying attack on Monday.

A 22-year-old man is charged with kidnapping and four other crimes.

The girls had walked to a convenience store to get a few drinks. They were heading home when they noticed a man following them.

"They decided to go across the street where the lights are, to a lit area," Millington Police Chief Jason Oliver said.

Oliver said that is the first thing the four girls did right as they tried to avoid the man.

Soon he was "behind my sister and I screamed, 'Allison,' and then he attacked," 13-year-old Lauren Eickhoff said.

Allison is just 11 years old.

"He said, 'You're coming with me.' And like, he grabbed my face," Allison said. "'This cannot be happening.' I thought it was a test at first but then I'm like, 'this is real.'"

Lauren, Allison and their 12 and 14-year-old friends did what they had been taught.

"I grabbed my drink and chucked it at his head," Laura said. "I tried, I punched him in the head."

The oldest friend started attacking him, too. He let go of Allison.

"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 he let go and ran off." Oliver said.

The girls ran another block away to safety.

A deputy found 22-year-old Bruce Hipkins a few minutes later. He's charged with five crimes, including kidnapping.

Hipkins is in the Tuscola County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

"Kicked, screamed, punched, clawed, threw their hot drinks, their slurpees, whatever they had on them, they did what they needed to do," Oliver said.

Oliver calls the girls "brave," adding they did exactly what they should have.

"Seeing that your little sister was going to get taken is very scary," Laura said.

The girls were a bit shaken up, but amazingly, none of them were hurt.

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