Antwaun Jones is his own hero. The brave 12-year-old boy jumped out of a rapidly moving vehicle to escape a man who forced him into the car at gunpoint.
According to WTVR, Antwaun was walking to the park to meet a friend on Sunday afternoon in Kenbridge, Va. when a man pulled up in a Chevy Blazer, put a gun to his stomach and demanded that he get into the vehicle.
Antwaun did not know the creep who attempted to kidnap him.
“I’ve never seen him a day in my life,” the little boy said. “About five minutes down the road, he told me he was gay and asked if he could kiss me.”
Antwaun became scared, and fearing for his life he began to reach for the door even as the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Eric Donte Harrison, began accelerating the car and reaching for him in an attempt to stop him.
“He started to speed up the car. He was going like 35 at first, then he started speeding up to 50, then 55. As soon as he hit 60, I just jumped,” Antwaun said. “I hit my head like three times. The pain level was a ten and I tucked and rolled at first. I got my first cut, then it started cutting all up and down my body.”
Antwaun sustained a broken collar bone, a chipped elbow and road abrasions as a result of his dash to safety. The courage that took is unspeakable.
Luckily, an eye-witness in the small town of 1,200 saw Antwaun and stopped to help him, while also calling 911 and Antwaun’s parents.
Police quickly identified and located Harrison, crediting the success in finding the suspect due to surveillance footage from a local store as well as a bystander who pointed out Harrison as the culprit.
Harrison is facing charges of abduction with intent to defile and use of a firearm in the commission of abduction. Harris reportedly admitted to “picking up” Antwaun but denied using a gun. Harrison is currently in jail without bond.
Meanwhile, Antwaun’s father, Anthony Jones is just glad that his son is safe.
“He’s his own hero. He saved his own life,” Jones said. “I was grateful to God for protecting and bringing my son back to me.”
Antwaun for his part is glad he found the courage to take the leap, even though he got a bit banged up.
“I don’t mind having a couple broken bones as long as I get back home to my family,” he said.