Thursday, October 15, 2015
Cops: Man arrested in Bensalem for assaulting, trying to kidnap teen girl
Posted: Monday, October 5, 2015
A teen spooked a would-be kidnapper when she called out his name after he broke into her Bensalem house and was assaulting her Sunday night, police said.
But before that, police said, the man used rope to tie her grandparents' second-floor bedroom door shut, calling them “his biggest threat.”
The 17-year-old girl recognized Shane McMichael, 21, of Philadelphia, as a former neighbor, even though he was dressed in head-to-toe black, including a mask that revealed only his eyes, according to court documents.
Police said McMichael entered the home in the 2500 block of Forrest Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. through an open window on the first floor. The girl said the man was standing in the kitchen when she was heading to her second floor bedroom after doing laundry on the first floor, court records note.
He charged at her, punched her in the face several times, forced her to the ground, choked her and banged her head against the floor, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Police said that after realizing the girl knew who he was, McMichael stopped the attack and tried to force her to leave with him. He took off after hearing noises from the upstairs bedrooms of the girl's grandparents and great-grandmother, the girl said.
Police said the girl had visible injuries on her face and neck when they arrived. They also found a black rope had been tied on the knob of the grandparents’ bedroom to stairs banister, preventing the door from opening from the inside, police added.
During a police interview, McMichael allegedly claimed he left the Cornwells Fire Company, where he is a volunteer, around 9 p.m., an “impulse kicked in” and he went to the house looking for the girl.
Police said they found McMichael at his Philadelphia home, along with a black mask and a black rope and a .22 caliber rifle in his vehicle.
McMichael is charged with Kidnapping of a minor, aggravated assault, burglary, unlawful restraint of a minor and related offenses. He was arraigned Monday before District Judge Joseph Falcone and sent to Bucks County prison in lieu of 10 percent of $2 million bail.
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