Police in Aurora, Colorado, say an 8-year-old girl may have saved herself by not going along quietly with a man who abducted her from her home, reports the Denver Post. The girl screamed and escaped on her own after an apparent stranger cut through a screen of her bedroom window after midnight and forced her outside, say police. The girl's father heard the commotion, ran outside, and found his daughter running home to safety from a nearby alley.
"This young girl immediately cried out, immediately put up a fuss and struggled," says the local police chief. "Who knows if that may have saved her life." Authorities released a sketch of a suspect and have offered a $20,000 reward, reports AP. "There is nothing to suggest that this family was targeted in particular, which in some ways make it even more chilling," says the chief.