The man pulled up in front of four children, grabbed the youngest, a 5-year-old, and threw him in the back seat of his car.
That's when Cameron Noel _ all 10 years and 66 pounds of him _ sprang to action. "I kicked him where it hurts," Cameron said Friday.
The kick to the groin doubled the man over. The 4-foot-1 hero with thick glasses followed up by kicking the man in his head. Cameron then reached in through the car's front door, unlocked the back door and let his friend out.
"I wasn't going to let my friend get taken," Cameron told authorities.
Armando Haramboure, 73, was arrested Thursday with the help of angry parents and charged with kidnapping. He was being held on $75,000 bond.
Haramboure also was charged with indecent behavior for allegedly touching a 4-year-old boy who lives near Cameron in this town about 15 miles east of New Orleans.
All four children, three boys and a girl, told basically the same story about the kidnapping attempt on Tuesday and Cameron's heroics, sheriff's deputies said.
"He needs a very special award for this," the 5-year-old's mother said. "I told him he was my hero. He put his life on the line and saved my little boy."
Haramboure was tracked down after one of the four children recognized his car parked at the man's house. The child's mother went to the house, wrote down the car's license plate number and called police.
Officers couldn't find the car, but an informal posse of angry parents spotted him driving on Thursday and one of them pulled out in front of him. The rest surrounded the car until police arrived.