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13-Year-Old Boy Rescues Little Sister From Kidnapper

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A quick-thinking teenage boy saved his little sister from a kidnapper this weekend. A 4-year-old girl was playing in her fenced-in yard in the 300 block of West Kildare Street in Lancaster shortly before noon when a man allegedly entered the yard and asked the girl her name, CBS LA reports. He then grabbed the girl and attempted to leave with her, but was foiled by her 13-year-old brother who grabbed the girl's arm and started screaming for help.

Officers were flagged down by neighbors who told them what had happened. Police later found Earl Williams, 61, still in the neighborhood and arrested him. He is charged with kidnapping and will appear in court on Tuesday, ABC News reports. According to Sgt. Eric Metten with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, he is being charged with kidnapping and not attempted kidnapping because he "actually picked her up and walked away with her."

The girl was not injured and L.A. County Sheriff's Deputy Mighuel Ruiz called her brother "our hero for today."