Michigan girls aged 11 to 14 escape kidnapping with the help of hot coffee

Ksenia Novikova
Aug 17, 2018
03:14 P.M.

Four young girls from Michigan were nearly kidnapped when they went out at night to a gas station. The girls were followed by a man who grabbed one of them.


Luckily, the girls fought back with all they had including a hot cup of coffee. The man involved is thought to have wanted to sexually assault the girls.

Last Friday, Bruce Hipkins, 22, of Tuscola County, Michigan was captured on surveillance cameras while he was inside a Speedway gas station at about 10 p.m. He was watching and following four girls between the ages of 11 and 14.

The young girls were seen buying drinks, including a cup of hot coffee. Hipkins then followed them out of the store and walked behind them.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. The girls noticed that Hipkins was following them and tried to avoid and shake him off by crossing the road to the Dollar General, where there were more lights.

At that moment, Hipkins decided to attack and grabbed the youngest of the four girls. When Lauren Eickhoff, 13, told saw Hipkins approach her sister, Allison Eickhoff, 11, from behind she screamed her name.

Allison recalled him saying, "You're coming with me" and grabbed her face.

At first, the little girl was in disbelief and thought the attack was some kind of a test. When she realized what was really happening she fought back.

The three other girls worked together with her to physically fend off Hipkins.


Lauren 'chucked' her hot coffee at Hipkins' head and then started trying to punch him in the head. He let go of Allison and then grabbed the sisters' 14-year-old friend by the hair.

Relentless, the girls continued to kick and hit him and he eventually let go of the teenager’s hair and ran away. The four girls ran to a restaurant down the street where workers called authorities.


Police tracked down Hipkins while he was walking down a nearby road. According to WWMT, when questioned he allegedly said that he had planned to take one of the girls to the rail trail and have sex with her.

Hipkins' father revealed that the man had the mental capacity of a 10-year-old. The father added that Hipkins had been suicidal and has Aspberger's and ADD.

The suspect was charged with kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, assault and battery, and criminal sexual conduct charges. He is currently in jail on a $250,000 bond.

The four girls were said to have been 'shaken,' but uninjured.

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