By Mike Benner
Portland, OR (KGW/NBC) - A Portland, Oregon mother says she punched a man who was trying to abduct her 6-year-old Sunday night.
The girl had been playing outside at a friend's house when the young man grabbed her just before 6:30 p.m. and tried to pull her into the bushes according to police.
"I thought I heard something and then I looked and the man had my daughter in a bush with his hand over her mouth & around her waist," Antoinette Robinson said. "I jumped up and ran out of the house and I just socked him in his face. Then I went to go hit him again and he let her go and we both rolled down the hill."
The suspect ran off after releasing the girl.
After that, Robinson said she jumped into a car with neighbors and chased him down.
"I got out with a 2x4 and I broke it over him, I'm not going to lie, I just went over there and I just stomped him in his face and mouth," Robinson said.
The neighbors tackled the suspect and held him down until police arrived, according to Lt. Robert King with the Portland Police Bureau.
"The quick thinking of the girl's mom and concerned neighbors made all the difference is getting this dangerous suspect off the street," King said.
Police arrested the 17-year-old suspect on kidnap and aggravated harassment charges.
Robinson said her daughter, Xavieria, was shaken up by the attempted abduction and had never seen the man before.
On Monday, little Xavieria said she was scared but her mom was there to protect her.
"My mom will always be there for me," she said.