A woman's scream and her brother's quick actions helped Pembroke Pines police track down a man suspected of kidnapping and attempted rape.
Police said Sayyid Khan, 20, saw the woman at a stoplight on Tuesday and followed her home, as part his long-time fantasy to kidnap and rape a woman he didn't know.
The Miami Herald reported that Khan blocked the woman's path when she got out of her car, and pointed a gun at her. The woman screamed, alerting her brother who ran out of their home in Pembroke Pines.
The brother told police Khan turned the gun on him, while ordering the woman into his car. They drove away and the brother called police and gave them the Khan's license plate number.
"Her brother's keen ability to provide us with information really helped us in this case," said police Capt. Al Xiques.
According to a police report, the victim pleaded with Khan to let her go. But he drove around for several hours, putting her through a terrifying ordeal. He ordered her to cover her eyes with tape and held a gun to her head and told her he was going to rape her.
Eventually, the police report said, they stopped at a mobile home park in Davie. The woman told police Khan raised a knife like he was going to stab her and forced her into the back seat. He put more tape across her eyes. When he tried to pull off her clothes, she fought back. She grabbed the gun — which police later determined was a gas pellet gun. She tried to fire it, but it didn't work.
She told police she opened the door and was able to get away and call 911.
Police, meanwhile, were waiting at Khan's home in nearby Miramar. They said he admitted to planning and committing the kidnapping.
"It was like he was proud of his actions," Xiques said. "He was bragging about it."
He remained in the Broward County Jail on Thursday, facing numerous charges, including armed kidnapping and armed attempted sexual assault.
Police praised the victim for getting away.
"Thanks to (her) quick wit and fighting spirit, she was able to get away," Xiques said.