Mom with gun ends abduction attempt in West Virginia, police say

Mom With Gun Scares Off Man Who Allegedly Tried to Abduct Her Daughter

Mom With Gun Scares Off Man Who Allegedly Tried to Abduct Her Daughter

The young girl's mother reportedly thwarted the kidnapping attempt by pulling a gun out and scaring off the man.

BarboursviIle police initially said a woman pulled a gun on the man, forcing him to release her 5-year-old daughter.

A felony charge of attempted abduction against 54-year-old Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan, of Alexandria, Egypt, is expected to be dropped later on Tuesday, WSAZ reports.

Barboursville Police said it will be up to prosecutors to decide if she faces any charges.

The sergeant says the mother now says she may have misinterpreted the man's intentions. She later told police she may have overreacted and it's possible Mohamed Fathy Hussein Zayan was patting her daughter on the head.

At a Tuesday evening news conference, Barboursville police said they reviewed surveillance video of where the encounter took place and there were inconsistencies in the mother's story.

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Oh, and the mall's property manager told WCHS that guns are allowed inside the Huntington Mall.

The woman at first told police Zayan grabbed the girl by the hair and tried to pull her away from inside a clothing store. Barboursville Police arrested the 54-year-old engineer at the mall's food court. Yup, Mom pulled out her handgun and told the guy to let go of her little girl; by that point her daughter had "dropped to the floor with the male still pulling her away", police told the station.

Zayan was arrested and arraigned at the Cabell County Courthouse late Monday night.

Zayan was being jailed on $200,000 cash bond.

Since he only speaks Arabic, an interpreter was used over the phone during the arraignment. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 8.

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