10-year-old avoids abduction, receives award

by: Henry Rosoff Updated:

RENTON, Wash. —

She knew exactly what to do, and it might have saved her life.

Authorities just released the 911 call made by 10-year-old Isabel Carpenter and her mom after a man tried to abduct Isabel as she walked home from school in Federal Way in February.  Carpenter alertly ran away from the man, and banged on a neighbor's door until he drove off.  She was then able to get home safely.

Carpenter told the 911 dispatcher the man said: “I need to show you something, here, come here.”

“It didn't really feel right,” Carpenter said Saturday when she was honored at King County's first Youth Education and Safety Fair in Renton. “So I was like I’m just going to go up to the door, hopefully someone’s there to just call my mom to send somebody down.”

Connie Carpenter, her mom, said she’s glad her daughter listened to her when she repeatedly told her about “stranger danger.”

“That's the biggest thing to take away from this evening,” Connie said. “If you don't think they listen, they do.”