A 32-year-old Long Island man has been charged with attempted kidnapping and other crimes, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.
According to the DA, the defendant, identified as Pete Haughton, allegedly dragged a 7-year-old girl from her bed and out the front door of her Flushing home in a “brazen abduction attempt.”
The girl was luckily saved when family members heard her cries for helped and stopped the suspect.
“If not for her loved ones hearing her screams and acting to save her, this could have had a truly tragic outcome,” Katz said. “The defendant was quickly apprehended and the girl is safe with her family.”
Haughton was charged with burglary, attempted kidnapping, assault and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.