Monday, January 21, 2013

14-Year-Old Boy Protects Mich. Rape Victim With Hunting Knife as Alleged Assailant Batters the Door — and Then Sets the House on Fire


 14 Year Old James Persyn Hides Michigan Rape Victim, Guards With Knife as Attacker Sets House on Fire

The Detroit Free Press has one of the most terrifying, unbelievable “home alone” stories to strike rural America.

It is the story of a 14-year-old boy who was keeping an eye on his siblings while his dad ran a quick errand Wednesday night, who ended up guarding a reported rape victim with his hunting knife as an ex-convict battered at the door and threatened to kill them all.  The alleged rapist eventually tried to set the house on fire, with the children inside.

James Persyn was watching television in his Shepherd, Michigan home– his 11-year-old sister playing with their 2-year-old brother– when he heard a frantic battering at the door.

“Her voice was, like, she was going to die if I didn’t open that door,” James recalled, so he looked at his sister and they quickly made the decision to let the woman in.

The Detroit Free Press relates:

A senior at Central Michigan University several miles north, the woman was walking to her car in a school parking lot when Eric Ramsey, a 30-year-old ex-convict, approached her with a gun, got into her vehicle, took her to his mother’s house and raped her. 

The woman was an alarming sight. She had clear packing tape wrapped around her body. There were bruises on her face. She was cradling one of her arms, which she said was broken after she leaped from the vehicle as Ramsey was driving down South Mission.


  1. Courage, and bravery come in all sizes.... I would like to shake this young man's hand!

  2. His father should give him a firearm. I bought my first .44 Mag at 14 yrs. old (with my Dad filling out the paperwork, of course).

    Good job, kid!