By Zaya Williams
In an incident that transpired two years ago, a man has admitted to the unlawful confinement of a minor.
The encounter took place on October 12, 2021, when a woman was at home with her 12-year-old daughter and arranged for her to spend quality time with her sister.
On the way to meet her aunt it began to rain and while sheltering her aunt drove passed her.
When the child was walking back home the defendant, Duffield Destin, seized her by the throat and issued a chilling threat to take her life should she disclose the impending ordeal.
Attempts were made to force her into the vehicle, and although she struggled to resist, her efforts proved futile. She clung to a tire but eventually lost her grip.
He forcefully put her into the car and started driving away. Desperate to escape, she managed to open the door halfway through the ordeal, nearly freeing herself.
A passerby noticed her predicament, overheard the distressed child’s cries for help and observed the defendant restraining her. Inquiries were made into the situation, and the defendant falsely claimed that the minor had run away from home, and he was merely facilitating her return.
Eventually, the passerby intervened, successfully prying her away from the defendant.
The matter was reported to the police, leading to the eventual arrest and charging of the defendant. Following his guilty plea last week, his sentencing is scheduled for October 27.