A 12-year-old boy foiled a would-be kidnapper on holiday by KARATE
In a chilling echo of the Madeleine McCann abduction, Jack Butler
had left his family in a restaurant in Lanzarote to pop
back to their bungalow when a suspected paedophile
grabbed him and tried to drag him into an underground
But the brave lad fought off the attacker and then later identified
him to police.
Spanish police are now trying to find the suspect, who it is
believed assaulted a little girl earlier in the day,
Jack was just 20 metres away from his mum, Jane, dad David and four
younger siblings - near their Puerto del Carmen bungalow
- when the predator pounced.
Jane told the
Irish Sun: "We were in a restaurant and Jack
was cold, so we let him go back to our bungalow, 20
metres away, to get a jumper. He was on his way back
when the man grabbed him.
"He'd been hiding behind a wall in a car park. He must have been
watching and waiting. Jack managed to break free by
karate chopping him on the arm.
"He ran to us and told us what had happened and that he heard the
man driving off in his car with screeching tyres.
"My greatest fear is it could have been another Madeleine McCann
situation, that my child could have been taken from us
and never seen again. The thought of what could have
happened to Jack makes me feel physically sick. I threw
up after we attended the police station."
Jane told how Jack was able to describe what the man wore - and
even noticed he had a scar from his nose to his cheek.
"The detectives told us that the man had already flown to Madrid at
9am that morning, but that the police there knew where
he lived and would pick him up," said Jane.
"Although we're not due home until August 22, we wanted to leave
straight away as the kids can't sleep at night and are
afraid to leave the windows open. But the police asked
us to stay as they need Jack to go to court if they are
to prosecute him.
"Jack has been very brave, but he is really shook up. When
Madeleine McCann went missing I told my kids that if
someone steals you it's because they've no children of
"But Jack now knows that's not the truth and we have had to explain
to him that this man's intentions were not good."