Two young sisters locked themselves in the family car when a man tried to lure them from home, and the youngest whacked him with a small shovel when he returned, Lakewood police said.
Police spokesman Chris Lawler gave this account:
The man showed up at the girls’ Lakewood home Nov. 8, and the 6-year-old and 8-year-old locked themselves in the family car. Their older sibling screamed and the man ran away.
When the man came back the next day, he grabbed the 6-year-old’s hand and said he was going to chase her. When she hit him with a shovel and screamed, he ran off.
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The girls’ father later spotted the man crouched between cars outside the home. Police found the man in an abandoned shed and arrested him.