Four Michigan middle school girls saved their friend from a potential kidnapping by kicking, hitting and throwing hot coffee on the alleged attacker, police say.
The four girls were leaving a Speedway gas station and convenience store in Millington on Friday evening when a 22-year-old man, later identified as Bruce Hipkins, followed them across the street and grabbed the youngest girl around her head, police say.
"He said, 'You're coming with me.' And like, he grabbed my face," Allison Eickhoff, 11, told WJRT in Flint. "This cannot be happening; I thought it was a test at first, but then I'm like, 'This is real.'"
That’s when her friends, and her 13-year-old sister Lauren stepped in. According to police, her three friends began kicking and hitting Hipkins, and Lauren threw her hot coffee at him.
"I grabbed my drink and chucked it at his head. I tried, I punched him in the head," Lauren Eickhoff told WJRT. “Seeing that your little sister was going to get taken is very scary."
She said her dad always taught her to fight back.
Police said Hipkins let Allison go before he allegedly grabbed another girl by her hair. But, the girls didn't stop said fighting him until he fled the area. Then, the four went to a nearby restaurant to ask for help.
The girls gave a description of the man to police when they arrived on the scene. A deputy was able to locate Hipkins walking nearby. He has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault and battery and two counts of criminal sexual conduct and he’s being held in lieu of a $250,000 bond. It is unclear if he has an attorney.
Police said that all four girls were shaken up, but not injured.
[Photo: Millington Police Department]