A Florida father is being hailed as a hero after he bravely confronted a gang of teens who allegedly attempted to kidnap his daughter.
Amber Brackney, 17, had been leaving the family home on Preservation Path, Crestview on Tuesday evening, when she found the end of her driveway blocked with barrels.
Suspecting foul play, the teen stayed in her car and was able to maneuver around the obstacles to escape down the street – without ever leaving her vehicle.
Moments later, Amber’s father Terry Brackney, who heard a commotion outside, grabbed his gun and ran outside to find a group of teens trying to force their way into his garage.
Cops believe the teens had ‘concocted a plan to kidnap the teenage daughter’ by trying to force her to leave her car to move the barrels, so they could grab her.
The 51-year-old opened fire on the group who fled into the woods, according to Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
He later discovered they had been unscrewing some of his security lights, possibly for a second kidnap attempt.
A neighbor, who witnessed a ‘suspicious car’ fleeing from the scene, called the cops who stopped the 2016 White Jeep Liberty on Highway 4 and made a felony traffic stop.
Inside they found Keilon Johnson, 19, Austin French, 17, 16-year old Tyree Johnson, and 15-year old Kamauri Horn, along with a knife, guns and a roll of tape.
n a statement, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said: ‘The goal was to first force her out of her car by blocking the road with barrels and garbage cans. (However their intended victim drove around the barrels and kept going.)
‘They then planned to head to her house, confront and subdue her father – who they believed to be wealthy – and rob the home.’
All four defendants are now charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted home invasion robbery.
Johnson was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail while the others are being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice facility.
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Source: Daily Mail