A teenage boy and man have been praised as heroes or saving a nine year old girl from a paedophile attack after hearing her desperate cries for help in the street.
Quick-thinking Vyacheslav Doroshenko was walking through the snow in Irkutsk, Russia, after his basketball training when he saw a man in his 50s grab a girl and push her into his car.
The 16 year old boy said he heard the girl shout “help”.
“I overtook her, reached the railway and heard her screaming,” he said.
Fearing the worst, Vyacheslav said he ran up to Gleb Sizykh, who was sitting in his car nearby warming his engine, and pleaded for help.
“I quickly turned around, saw the only adult person, ran to him, told him what happened, and we ran towards the kidnapper’s car,” said Vyacheslav.
Mr Sizykh, 28, said he could tell immediately that the teen was scared.
The duo approached the suspicious vehicle with the girl inside, but it abruptly started and the paedophile drove away.
Vyacheslav then got into Mr Sizykh’s car and they tailed the kidnapper, who was released from jail in 2017 after the second of two rape convictions, for which he served jail sentences.
The attacker drove his Toyota into a dead end and Mr Sizykh blocked his way out.
The duo then confronted the man, who let the girl go after claiming he “got confused” and believed the girl was his sister.
Mr Sizykh said the young girl stood nearby weeping.
“I did not know how to approach her. I understood that she would now be afraid of me,” he said.
He handed her his phone and the girl called her mother.
Meanwhile, the unnamed kidnapper escaped, but with help from Vyacheslav and Mr Sizykh he was caught by police in less than an hour.
Chilling CCTV footage captured the horrific incident and the attacker was later seen on police video making a full confession. He is due to face trial.
The girl was reunited with her mother and is undergoing psychological counselling.
Mr Sizykh was honoured by Russian police.
Vyacheslav is due to be honoured as a hero in front of his school friends this week.
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