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Jun 30, 2011 11:36 PM by Matt Stafford

Police say neighbors stopped sexual assault on 12-year-old

A group of neighbors are getting credit for helping a little girl while she was attacked in her Colorado Springs apartment building.

Police say Wednesday night around 7:30 p.m. 37-year-old Guylyn Patrick was seen in a South Chelton Road apartment complex fondling a 12-year-old girl in the hallway and trying to get her back into his apartment.

A neighbor saw what was going on and tried to get him to stop.

Police say Patrick went after the neighbor with a hammer, but 15 to 20 other neighbors ganged up and chased Patrick back to his apartment. They stayed in hallway, trapping Patrick inside until police got there and arrested him.

Chris Prince was one of the neighbors who came to help. He says weapon or not, he didn't think twice about stepping in. Police are glad the neighbors were willing to help.

"We did what we had to do until they got here; we made sure he didn't leave, we made sure he didn't hurt anybody else or try to grab anybody else like that. I mean we stood outside his door, we didn't feel in danger at all by it," says Prince.

"When we see a child that's being victimized that is an opportunity where we as a community need to step forward and we're really proud of these citizens," says Sgt. Darrin Abbink with the Colorado Springs Police Department. "They prevented something even worse from happening, without a doubt."

Some parents from the area tell us that this actually makes them feel more comfortable, knowing how their neighbors responded

Patrick is facing three felonies charges; kidnapping, sexual assault, and menacing with a weapon. As of Thursday night his bond had not been posted. He's due in court July 7th.

 

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