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. (Read more child abduction stories.)