A quick-thinking Florida dad is being heralded for saving his 17-year-old daughter from a gang of teenagers who allegedly wanted to kidnap her and rob his home.
The harrowing ordeal unfolded on Tuesday night when Amber Brackney was leaving her home in Baker, Florida, and noticed that her driveway was blocked by mysterious barrels, The Daily Mail reported.
Rather than get out of the car, Brackney called her father, Terry Brackney, 51, who was inside the home and attempted to navigate around the barrels, which police believe might have been intentionally placed in an effort to snatch the teen.
Four teens armed with a knife, guns and a roll of tape planned to kidnap and rob members of a Baker family last night,…
As his daughter got around the barrier, Terry Brackney heard some strange sounds coming from outside and immediately grabbed his gun and jumped into action, according to a police report from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
“After spotting some individuals trying to force their way into his garage, he fired three shots and the intruders fled into the woods,” the report read. “He later learned they had unscrewed some of his security lights.”
That’s when a neighbor called cops to report the description of a suspicious vehicle that had been near the homes, leading authorities to pull over a 2016 White Jeep Liberty that had four teenagers inside as well as guns, a knife and a roll of tape.
“Inside the car they found 19-year old Keilon Johnson, 17-year old Austin French, 16-year old Tyree Johnson, and 15-year old Kamauri Horn, all of Crestview,” the report reads. “The OCSO investigation revealed the teens had concocted a plan to kidnap the teenage daughter.”
The teens are accused of attempting to rob the home after the kidnapping failed, as they allegedly believed that Terry Brackney was wealthy; they have all been charged with attempted home invasion robbery and attempted kidnapping.