An Elma, Washington mother came to the rescue of her 12-year-old daughter, Monday morning, stopping a 23-year-old soldier in the midst of raping the child and restraining him until the cops showed up.
According to Grays Harbor County sheriff’s deputy Steve Shumate, the girl’s mother said she heard the girl slip out without permission early in the morning, Monday, leaving her home on the 1500 block of Bailey Road for an unknown destination. Alarmed, the mother soon reported her daughter missing to the local police at the Elma Police Department.
Later that day, the girl’s mother spotted a 2012 Honda Civic parked oddly off the road not far from her house. She could see the car well enough to make out two people, and from the looks of it they were engaged in some kind of sexual activity in the back seat, so she rushed outside to take a closer look. Much to her surprise, it turned out to be the young, soldier suspect and her daughter.
Naturally, the mother put a stop to it all and removed her daughter from the vehicle as quickly as possible. She questioned the man whether he knew the age of her daughter. He tried to drive off, but the mother proved too much for him, stole his keys, and used physical force to detain him until police could arrive.
The police eventually did arrive and took the offender to the Grays Harbor County Jail, where he was “booked for suspicion of second-degree child rape,” according to Fox affiliate, Fox6. The victim was transported to a local hospital for an examination, and treatment.
What is known of the suspect is that he is from Texas, but stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Air Force Base, in Tacoma, Washington. Deputies say the offender claims to have met the girl over social media, on KIK – an instant messaging app used by many young adults, created in 2009.
Unfortunately, KIK has taken a good deal of criticism over the years for its essentially facilitating a platform by which child predators can get in touch with children.
Authorities say, however, that local police are working in tandem with military personnel to discern whether there may be additional victims who have yet to come forward. The investigation remains active.