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May 15, 2007

11 Yr Old Girl Fights Off Attacker and Neighbors Catch Him

Posted in: Child Welfare

This is how a neighborhood should react when a predator attacks. I am very proud of the young girl and her Brooklyn neighbors for reacting and catching this child predator.

Quick-thinking Xochil Garcia, a sixth grader, said she already knew what she would do in case someone ever tried to attack her. “I think of a plan, like, if anybody kidnaps me, kick them or scratch them — I’m growing my nails out,” Xochil said Monday.

But she didn’t think kicking or scratching would help when the man grabbed her in her apartment lobby and seemed to be trying to drag her upstairs, she said. “He grabbed my mouth and told me to not scream,” Xochil said. “I thought he was going to take me up to the roof and rape me or something.”

The 4’5″ girl wrestled out of her attacker’s arms, and was able to draw the attention of residents by crying and screaming. They chased down the man and called police.

Police arrested 6’2″ Bernard Mutterperl, 19, and charged him with unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and burglary. He was arraigned Monday night and bail set at $25,000 cash or $75,000 bond. A phone number was not listed for Mutterperl, of Brooklyn, and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney. Xochil’s neighbor, Timothy Isaac, 25, who said he was among a group of residents who caught Mutterperl and held him until police arrived, said the man protested his innocence to them. via wcbstv.com

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