“The little boy opened the door to escape and the little girl started to jump out also but the man grabbed the hoodie of the little girl, not allowing her to leave,” the Middletown Division of Police wrote on its Facebook page. “As she tried to get away her little brother grabbed hold of her and pulled her away from the kidnapper and they both tumbled out of the vehicle as it was moving.”
Coburn was dragged by the vehicle for a short distance before she was forced to let go. Soon afterward, two officers saw the vehicle and stopped and arrested the driver. Dalvir Singh was charged with two counts of kidnapping and felonious assault and grand theft, police said.
Middletown’s police chief praised the bravery and quick thinking of the 8-year-old boy.
“This little guy is a hero. No question. He pulled his sister out of the car with no concern for his own safety. That is incredible at his age,” Middletown police’s Facebook page said. “And outstanding work by (our officers) to find the suspect and take him down without incident. So proud of their work.”
Middletown police said it would honor the boy for his heroic action.