SLIDELL, La. -- A Northshore mother hopes that women everywhere can learn from her daughter’s frightening ordeal over the weekend.
Police say 75-year-old Elvest Thompson tried to abduct the 14-year-old. He was arrested for attempted kidnapping Monday.
Erica Thompson said her daughter was taking a shortcut to a tutoring session Saturday morning behind a strip mall on Gause Boulevard in Slidell when it happened.
The girl told police she was riding her bike through the alleyway when a man blocked her with his car then tried to pull her in. That’s when she started punching and kicking the man before getting away.
Thompson was thrilled about her daughter’s actions saying, "All I could say was yes! She listened, she listened. That's all that mattered to me."
Police say the girl helped them tremendously with a precise description of the man, that led to a clear sketch, and details about the man’s car. That matched up with video from a surveillance camera and detectives were able to arrest Elvest Thompson Monday in connection with the crime.
"She was the perfect witness. She was able to get an awesome description of the guy, remember his face, was able to pick him out of a photo line-up," said Slidell Police Detective Daniel Seuzeneau.
The situation leaves police and the girl’s mother with a message for everyone.
"As Chief Smith said earlier in a statement, we always need to be aware of our surroundings, regardless of age, sex, location, you always need to be aware," Seuzeneau said.
"Fight for your life,” said Thompson, “Never give up. Make sure you make it home."
Elvest Thompson is still in the St. Tammany Parish Jail tonight.