After being abducted at gunpoint and then sexually assaulted, a Michigan woman dove from her abductor's vehicle and ran to a house that her attacker later set on fire.
The man was eventually shot to death by police Thursday morning, according to MLive.com
The ordeal began when the suspect kidnapped the woman from the Central Michigan University campus and took her to a house, tied her up, and then raped her. He then put her in the back of his car and removed two gas cans from the trunk. He reportedly told the woman, "I'm going to take your life."
The woman jumped from the car and fled to a nearby house in Linclon Township. Inside were 14-year old James Persyn III and his 11-year-old sister. The teenager told a Michigan news site that he let the woman in, locked the door, and picked up his hunting knife.
"I was definitely scared opening the door and when we were in the bathroom," Perysn said.
The woman, a senior college student from the Grand Rapids area, called 911 from the home and hid in the shower. Outside, the suspect "ended up pouring gasoline on the house and then lit it on fire," according to police. He then left the scene.
Police shot and killed the suspect, Eric Lee Ramsey, 30, shortly after 4 a.m. Thursday, following a vehicular rampage in which Ramsey hit a police cruiser with a car, then stole a sanitation truck and hit another police car.
"He's had a very violent past, had a lot of contact with law enforcement over a period of many years," Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said at a press conference. "Had the victim not jumped out of that car she would not be alive right now. There is no question about it."
The children's father, James Persyn, came home in time to put the house fire out. It had spread across the front porch. He told reporters he was very proud of his kids.
"She was saying thank you for letting her in and I was saying I'm glad that you're OK," the 11-year-old girl told reporters.
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