A quick-thinking 10-year-old boy was being praised as a hero Friday after he rescued a younger friend from a kidnapper.
Cameron Noel was walking to school with three other youngsters Monday when a man jumped from behind a bush, grabbed a 5-year-old boy and threw him in the back seat of a car, police said.
The 10-year-old reacted by kicking the man in the groin and, after he doubled over, in the head. While urging the other children to run, he pulled his friend from the car and all four children went on to school, deputies said.
"I wasn't going to let my friend get taken," Cameron told authorities. "I kicked him (the abductor) where it hurt."
"He needs a very special award for this," the 5-year-old's mother said Friday. "I told him he was my hero. He put his life on the line and saved my little boy."
Cameron's mother died of lupus in June, neighbors said.
Based on a description of the car given by the children, a 73-year-old retired carpenter, identified as Armando Haramboure, was arrested and charged with kidnapping and indecent behavior with a 4-year-old boy in the same neighborhood, police said.