Tim LeBlanc woke up at 2 a.m. and received the scare of his life. He went to his 12-year-old daughter’s room and discovered that she was not in her bed.
“The screen was off and the window was open about three inches or so,” LeBlanc told KCAL. “I was scared to death. Everybody tells me I’m overprotective, but apparently I’m under-protective.”
The distraught father immediately woke up his son and the two scoured the neighborhood looking for the missing girl. They thankfully found her just down the street, but she was in the company of a stranger and he was escorting her into his SUV.
“He had this door open about this wide and had his arm around my daughter and was kind of sweeping her in, putting her into the truck,” LeBlanc said.
LeBlanc jumped out of his car and confronted the man. The stranger told LeBlanc that he was 16-years-old. “There was no way. He was obviously a grown man,” LeBlanc said.
The two men got into a fight after apparently the stranger threw the first punch. However, LeBlanc knocked the alleged predator out with one anger-fueled punch. Then the protective father and son keep him on the ground until authorities arrived to arrest him. LeBlanc took a photo of the suspected pedophile and uploaded it to Facebook.
Police identified the man as 27-year-old Scott Stilwell. That’s definitely not 16-years-old.
LeBlanc’s daughter said that Stilwell first contacted her on Instagram, and then started sending her naked photos of himself on Kik. He told her that he was a 16-year-old boy.
She willingly agreed to meet up with him, and he promised to give her gifts of a jacket, a necklace and a hat. The pedo drove more than an hour from his home in Spring Valley, California to meet with her near her home in Nuevo.
“What I’ve gained from my interaction with this guy is I don’t think she would’ve ever came home alive,” LeBlanc said.
Riverside County sheriff’s deputies took Stilwell into custody on charges of meeting up with a child with intention to commit a sexual act and sending harmful matter to a child.