LINCOLN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) A 14-year-old central Michigan boy who came to the rescue of a rape victim fleeing a homicidal ex-convict is drawing praise from classmates and family for his courage. James Persyn III was home alone with his 11-year-old sister and 2-year-old brother Wednesday night when a Central Michigan University student banged on the door. James says it sounded like "she was going to die" unless he admitted her to their home in Isabella County's Lincoln Township. His 36-year-old father tells the Detroit Free Press many teens might not have let her in. James did admit her, giving her a phone to call police while he hid his siblings in a bathroom.
The Detroit Free Press reports Persyn, his 11-year-old sister, their dog and the victim hid in the bathroom, armed with a hunting knife while Ramsey pounded on the door and said to "let me in or i'll kill you." Thirty-year-old Eric Ramsey tried to burn the house, then fled and was shot to death by a sheriff's deputy.
The Free Press says the father arrived home to see the house on fire and tried to extinguish the flames with his body when a police officer arrived on the scene.
Persyn and his 11-year-old sister, Acelin, will be honored by Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski with a "Lifesaving Award." The presentation will take place at the Isabella County Board of Commissioners meeting at 7 pm on the 2nd floor of the Isabella County Building.