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Mother's intuition credited for saving 6-year-old daughter in kidnapping case

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland police said a mother's intuition saved her daughter from being kidnapped.

Antoinette Robinson said her daughter, age 6, was playing in the front yard of a friend's home on Southeast Lafayette Street Sunday evening. Robinson was keeping an eye on her daughter from inside the home, near the front door.

"I thought I heard her say, ‘mom,' and then I looked and saw this man with his hand around her face and body," Antoinette Robinson said. "Mother instinct, I just jumped up and ran out the front door and socked him in the face. He let her go."

Robinson, joined by neighbors, chased after the suspect, identified by police as 17-year-old Joel Miranda. The crowd followed after him, some on foot, others by car.

"I jumped out of the car, broke (a piece of wood) over his head," said Robinson who described then trying to grab his shirt to stop him.

The shirt ripped, and community members continued to chase after him, several blocks away, to 164th and Clinton. Homeowner Tina Deer, in her backyard at the time, said screaming and commotion brought neighbors outside.

"To see the cars coming down the street, (a woman) running, the guys tackling the guy down, everyone starting to swarm and say, ‘What can we do?'" Deer described.

The takedown was caught on Mike Ridley's surveillance cameras, set up around his home.

"So they were trying to detain him and for the most part he was laying there with his hands behind his back because I think he wanted the cops to come. It looked like he didn't want to get beat down by these people," said Ridley, after running out to see what was happening in his front yard.

The crowd pinned down the suspect until Portland police officers could arrive and arrest him. He now faces charges of kidnapping in the second degree and harassment and made his first court appearance Monday afternoon.

Robinson suffered some bruises and an injured finger during the struggle. Her daughter, Xavieria, said she's doing OK and is proud of her mom.

"She did a good job," Xavieria said.

 Police said Robinson's quick thinking, as well as the concern from the neighbors, made all the difference.

"I think any mother would have done the same thing," Robinson said. "Keep an eye on your kids, you never know."

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